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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

5 responses to “PaaS Is The Future Of Cloud Services: Why Microsoft Should Focus On PaaS”

  1. kamesh001

    Recently, I interviewed Matt Thompson of Microsoft about their position on PaaS and how Azure is evolving. He was pretty clear about Microsoft’s stand:

    “I clearly see the industry moving in the direction where PaaS becomes the sweet spot. Almost every cloud company will find that they will be driven by customer and market forces to move in that direction. Examples abound in the industry. Amazon started out as a pure IaaS player and if you look at the new services they are offering, they are clearly starting to look more like a platform. VMware with their recent acquisitions (Springsource) are looking to build a more complete platform than just staying with the virtualization play. SalesForce is rapidly making the transition from a pure SaaS (CRM) company to more of a PaaS player with their Force.com platform.

    At Microsoft, with Azure, we see Platform-as-a-Service as critical piece because that’s where we can attract the developers and the ecosystem around them. I came to Microsoft because I think Azure is the next great platform that developers can build interesting applications with new business models.”

    Read the rest of the interview here: http://sandhill.com/opinion/daily_blog.php?id=71&post=681

  2. kinlane

    I have had no problems running 20-30 windows server on the Amazon EC2 platform. It was a fairly natural transition from my own hardware.

    With that said…I agree with you that the future for Microsoft is in PaaS.

    I think their office, team, project, sharepoint, exchange world works for many….and is perfect for PaaS deployments.

    I think when it comes to RAW IaaS building blocks Windows isn’t a wise tool. Or SQL Server. There are just other better suited OS, Database platforms for the cloud.

    They have a lot of opportunities with delivering their popular software suites as PaaS.

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  4. Adron

    I have to agree 100% with the statement, “PaaS is the future of the cloud/cloud computing”. Microsoft is doing it pretty good. However if developers realize the ease of PaaS solutions like Heroku, and the simplicity and absolutely awesome speed of Heroku, there is going to be some very, very, very heated competition. Heroku is like lightning compared to a turtle. The deployment, development simplicity, and model just works flawlessly.

    I will also mention, I absolutely agree that Microsoft should stay with the PaaS approach. Considering their options, they really can’t offer a viable IaaS offering in comparison to *nix based clouds. Their costs add up too fast at that level & require too much hardware to do similar things that AWS, Rackspace, and others already handle very well.

    But I digress, off to think in the clouds more. :)

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