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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: CloudFoundry Validates Its OpenPaaS Mantra”

  1. John Wilis

    Great post,

    I totally agree that VMware’s openPaaS strategy as similar to Rackspace’s Openstack; however with one caveat… VMware understands the developers dilemma .. solving the cradle to grave ALM solution.


  2. Asher Bond

    Economies-of-scale exist when workload-aware infrastructure (a.k.a platforms) provide aggregate intelligence within a framework of productivity. Because this is middleware, it abstracts infrastructure operations as well as application processes. The difference between platform services and other infrastructure services is the additional layer of workload-awareness-as-a-service. The question of efficiency is the same question you would ask any man-in-the-middle. What value do you bring to the table by abstracting my workflow with additional service. Open platform services provide public visibility into common development workflows. The visibility is then distilled into a framework that codifies best coding practices such as not repeating yourself, keeping it simple, etc. As with any publicly offered service… whether it’s a BART train or a node.js / ruby environment, the efficiency comes from the common infrastructure. In this case the infrastructure is a platform. Some platform service providers are even marketing their offerings as infrastructure-as-a-platform. Open-source platform service software such as CloudFoundry creates value by providing development work-groups the shared tool-sets they need to build a tunnel under the wall of confusion between development, operations, and also QA in some cases. Private PaaS offerings do the same thing, but on a much smaller scale. When intelligence (in this case workload-awareness) is kept private, the framework increases its risk of obsolescence. Secret-sauce itself becomes a lock-in to the “infrastructure” of esoteric requirements. Perhaps it’s because service-orientation is inevitable when Technology is applied… presenting a challenge for platform service providers who aim to economize via framework and serve via workload-awareness. Open-source platform service software can be deployed in an environment where software is to be kept secret. It will be interesting to see if there is a change in the time frame between when open-source software is forked and when contributions are made. Technology is only disruptive to business practices that are resistant to change. The disruption can only be value itself, in the context of a market. I’m really excited about the way things are going.

  3. Nandavarapu Kiran

    Great article Krishnan.

    I think VMware is redifining entire Cloud landscape. First with vCloud powered IaaS clouds, you can change provider easily whenever you want. With Cloud Foundry, they said it will be provided by multiple partners. Now, they are adding languages and frameworks on top of it, making it a desired PaaS offering for most fo the developers and VMware shops. Cloud Foundry partnerships have gone up in the last 1 month.

    Every other vendor seems to be on the same badnwagon. now supports 5 languages (Apex with and Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, now Java with Heroku).

    PaaS is really the future of cloud services and we are in very exciting times.

    I expect more acauiqisitons and announcements at VMworld and Dreamforce next week.