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Platform as a Service: Definition, Taxonomy and Vendor Landscape, 2019

Published: 28 January 2019

ID: G00352196

Analyst(s): Mark Driver , Irina Guseva , Austin Kronz , Van Baker , Gyanee Dewnarain, Avivah Litan , Eric Thoo , Paul Vincent , Adrian Leow , Simon Walker , Massimo Pezzini , Daniel O'Connell , Adam Ronthal , Rajesh Kandaswamy , Anne Thomas , Dennis Smith , Michael Woodbridge , Mark O'Neill , Donald Feinberg , Alfonso Velosa , Jim Hare , Bindi Bhullar , Paolo Malinverno, Nick Heudecker , Keith Guttridge , Yefim Natis , W. Roy Schulte , Thomas Murphy


This comprehensive analysis of the PaaS market will help organizations navigate a complex terrain of cloud platform services. It is designed for application leaders guiding their organizations to realize the full business value of cloud computing.

Table Of Contents


  • The Moment-in-Time in an Evolving Market
  • The Naming Convention
  • Platform as a Service: Taxonomy of Capabilities, 2019
    • Cloud Analytics and Business Intelligence Services (abiPaaS)
    • Cloud API Management Services (apimPaaS)
    • Cloud Application Development Services (adPaaS)
    • Cloud Application Platform Services (aPaaS)
    • Cloud Artificial Intelligence Platform as a Service (AI PaaS)
    • Cloud Blockchain Platform Services (bPaaS)
    • Cloud Business Process Management Services (bpmPaaS)
    • Cloud Business Rule (Decision Management) Platform Services (brPaaS)
    • Cloud Communications Platform Services (cPaaS)
    • Cloud Content Services Platform as a Service (csPaaS)
    • Cloud Database Platform Services (dbPaaS)
    • Cloud Digital Experience Platform Services (dxpPaaS)
    • Cloud Event Stream Processing Services (espPaaS)
    • Cloud Function Platform Services (fPaaS)
    • Cloud In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) Services (imdgPaaS)
    • Cloud Enterprise Integration Platform Services (iPaaS)
    • Cloud Internet of Things Platform Services (IoT PaaS)
    • Cloud Managed File Transfer Services (mftPaaS)
    • Cloud Master Data Management Services
    • Cloud Message Broker/Event Broker Services
    • Cloud Mobile Back-End Platform Services (mbPaaS)
    • Cloud Robotic Process Automation Platform as a Service (rpaPaaS)
  • SaaS as an Accelerator for PaaS
    • Cloud API-Centric (“Headless”) Business Services (SaaS and DaaS)
  • IaaS as the Foundation for Private and Public PaaS
    • Cloud Compute Infrastructure Services (Instance IaaS)
    • Cloud Container Management Infrastructure Services (cIaaS)

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