Platform as a Service and some good men

Recently, I was reading a post from a friend. He was speaking about some good men related to values and day-to-day behavior. Sure he is right ! In the challenge of introducing new approaches and new technologies, the values you are sharing are key.

I had some interesting exchanges with some teammates about Platform as a Service definition and boundaries. I was convinced on some point with a definition in mind and some of them push me to check. We are sharing some values so the challenge is possible in a trusted manner. What did I do ? I checked ! And we were both right, maybe more them than me ūüėČ

 

A great team !

 

The debate was about the boundaries between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

If you look at Wikipedia definition you can find “Cloud platform services or “Platform as a Service (PaaS)” deliver a¬†computing platform and/or¬†solution stack as a service, often consuming¬†cloud infrastructure and sustaining¬†cloud applications.¬†It facilitates deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software layers”.¬†I also found in my favorite Cloud book from John Rhoton, he adds that Platform as a Service will “may also offer further functions to support the developers”.

What are the technologies and offer we can find ? Let’s have a look at a few of them :
Archer Technologies SmartSuite Framework
EngineYard Solo
Google App Engine
Microsoft Azure
Relational Long Jump on demand
Salesforce.com Force.com
Apprenda
Heroku

With all theses examples, we can see that all Platform as a Service provider are offering services around the developer. Faster delivery for applications is a key advantage of Platform as a Service ! Platform as a Service is proposing, As a Service, this solution as a glue between Infrastructure and Application : found the boundary !

I am sure, with theses good men, I will still have other great challenges in pushing for the next stage : the Cloud Computing age !

What about you ?
What about your team and how do you introduce these shared values ? Maybe not only for introducing new technologies ?

Feel free to share with me !

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