Platform as a Service: PaaS

Posted: October 13, 2008  |  Categories: PDC 2008 Software and services Software As A Service Uncategorized
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Today I received an message through LinkedIn from a BizTalk colleague in the field Jonathan Gurevich about Cloud Platforms. I got this message from him concerning my blog post Window Cloud. David Chappell has written a whitepaper ‘A Short Introduction to Cloud Platforms’. In this paper I saw terms like on-demand platform and platform as a service (PaaS). Last one a new acronym to be added to a already existing long list. I looked at Wikipedia and it is defined there:

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is an outgrowth of the Software as a Service application delivery model. The PaaS model makes all of the facilities required to support the end-to-end life cycle of building and delivering web applications and services entirely available from the Internet with no software downloads or installation for developers, IT managers or end-users. It’s also known as cloudware.

And of course there are people that like to define it themselves and/or explain it very well too like Alex Barnett. Or Salesforce a CRM in the cloud even called PaaS next version of Web: Web 3.0.

Back to the paper itself. There are three kinds of cloud services as David puts it. Software as a Service, Shared services and Platforms. Each can be found in the cloud and on-premises. This is explained in the paper. Futhermore cloud platforms are examined with focus on cloud foundation, infrastructure services and application services. I suggest go red and those of you that are going to attend PDC: it is a good primer to put Windows Cloud in context.

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Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel, and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 8 years.

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