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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.

4 responses to “PaaS Is The Future Of Cloud Services:’s Plan For Enterprise Domination”

  1. Raju Vegesna


    From a business point of view, infrastructure business is a very low-margin business. Companies like Amazon is used to lower margins and they have optimized their strategy around lower margins. But it is safe to say that Salesforce is not used to lower margins. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the long run.

    On a related point… uses Oracle underneath to compete with Oracle? Heroku runs on Amazon EC2 and now will end up completing with Amazon? This doesn’t make much sense.

  2. Jay Godse

    I totally agree with this article. PaaS is the wave of the future because most PaaS platforms have standardized their infrastructure components, infrastructure architecture and infrastructure operations to provide very low-cost services. These savings are passed on to their customers. This means that a startup product owner could start a PaaS-based software application and not have to worry about buying, installing, securing, and configuring servers, networks, scaling, caching, loadbalancing, database servers etc. This means that the time-to-market for any software idea can be greatly sped up. For example, an insightful and capable product manager and a great Ruby/Rails developer could conceive an application, validate the idea, develop and deploy it, and then validate the first release within a matter of weeks or even days. With, the initial budget (without labour), only has to pay for a domain name and some cheap ads with AdSense/Facebook to get users. i.e. Not more than $100. That is a very inexpensive way to validate an idea.

    Poorly conceived products are the greatest expense in software development, in my opinion, whether in the enterprise, or out in the wild. Anybody who has done software development at large companies is painfully aware of how much software development is thrown away on products nobody wants. Testing product ideas and weeding out the bad ones becomes much cheaper when a good PaaS (e.g. or Google App Engine) is used to host the software. This is where Salesforce/Heroku will really help lower the overall cost of software development.