Gartner Research

The Key Trends in PaaS, 2018

Published: 06 February 2018

ID: G00338335

Analyst(s): Anne Thomas , Paul Vincent , Yefim Natis , Mark O'Neill , Massimo Pezzini


Cloud is the strategic platform for innovation in digital business. Application leaders facing decisions on application architecture and platform infrastructure must understand the key trends in, and embrace, PaaS to maximize their business agility.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Key Trends in Cloud Platforms
  • 1. Continuous Innovation Broadens and Deepens PaaS Capabilities
    • MegaPaaS Emerge Hoping to Rule the Cloud Platform Market
    • Customers Increasingly Look for Multicloud PaaS
    • IoT Extends PaaS to the Edge
    • Cloud Platform Leaders Strive to Adopt Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • API Management Services Expand From Mediation to Governance
    • The Increasingly Strategic Role of Integration Services
    • Event-Driven Design Powers Key Platform Innovations
  • 2. PaaS Gains Maturity and Emerges as a Strategic Platform for Digital Business Innovation
    • Database PaaS Surge to PaaS Market Leadership
  • 3. Not PaaS Alone: Architects Draw on a Spectrum of Cloud Services
    • IaaS Market Shifts to Integrated IaaS and PaaS
    • SaaS Market Reaches for PaaS
  • 4. Serverless Platform Architecture Has a Far-Reaching Impact
    • Function PaaS Transforms Design Practices for Cloud-Native Outcomes
    • From Serverless Functions to Serverless PaaS
  • 5. Intermediation Services Advance to Govern the Diverse Digital Business Ecosystem

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