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2 responses to “East & West Coast PaaS, Being Polyglot, Reply to Dan Turkenkopf”

  1. Sinclair Schuller

    It does sound like you’re in agreement with a lot of what Dan wrote; we all agree enterprise will and must adopt PaaS. I don’t think that east coast vs. west coast PaaS is a distinguishing factor and attribute we apply to enterprises – but rather label more applicable to us vendors. Enterprises, regardless of where they are, are all bound by one thing: their size and complexity. East coast or west coast, they are not adopting PaaS in a way that says “You know what, chuck everything we’ve done for 20 years out the window and let’s start fresh. Adn we’re using node, and ruby, and nothing else going forward. Oh, and our developers can forget about regulations and performance and legacy.” That is a completely unrealistic view of the world. Period. East coast vs. west coast is merely an acknowledgment that some of us vendors grew up with DNA that focused on startup problems (West Coast) and others on enterprise problems (East Coast).

    Oh, and the comment that “Being that PaaS technology and its origins are from the west coast, it becomes obvious why most are focused on public or privately accessible public infrastructure.” is probably misplaced. The oldest and most proven (i.e. running the most important apps) PaaS technologies I’ve seen running in the wild were built YEARS ago by enterprises in NYC and in Europe;-)

    1. Adron Hall

      I’m speaking from a “brought PaaS to market…”. Besides Apprenda I don’t know of another company that has brought an actual PaaS offering, deployed, to market. Red Hat might count, but they weren’t exactly first.

      But anyway, yeah, not really any disagreement. We can talk who is or isn’t innovating sometime for sure. That I’m sure will be a battle.

      I think I generally agree with that picture and the sentiment. :p