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Platform as a Service Evolves by Combining Cloud Apps

Widespread use of the Internet of Things (IoT) will drive more cloud computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) adoption. Gartner has forecast that 50 percent of all new applications developed on PaaS will be IoT related by 2020 -- thereby disrupting traditional IT architecture practices.

Gartner analysts believe that IoT adoption will drive additional use of PaaS to implement IoT-centric business applications built around event-driven architecture and IoT data -- instead of business applications built around traditional master data.

Most new solutions will be implemented on a multi-functional PaaS that is a hybrid of application platform as a service (aPaaS), integration platform as a service (iPaaS), IoT device management, orchestration and business process management services as a platform (bpmPaaS), database PaaS (dbPaaS) and analytics services.

Cloud PaaS Market Development Predictions

Through 2018, according to the Gartner assessment, more than 70 percent of IT organizations planning a private PaaS will likely deploy a container service -- rather than PaaS framework software.

An advanced offering will likely provide subscribers with self-service access to container-based IT infrastructure -- which hosts, orchestrates, schedules, scales and ensures the reliability of containers. It may also provide monitoring, load balancing and secure container communications.

"For advanced technical teams a container service may be better than a PaaS framework for the desired balance between developer productivity, breadth of viable application architectures, IT operations control, and the complexity of implementation," said Lydia Leong, vice president at Gartner.

However, through 2018, more than 80 percent of organizations that deploy or assemble self-managed PaaS frameworks will not achieve the expected cloud PaaS experience.

Exploring Demand for Unified Cloud Services

By investing in cloud platforms, IT leaders are seeking the key benefits of cloud computing for their new digital transformation initiatives. But during the next three years, Gartner predicts that many self-managed private PaaS initiatives will fail to meet the organization's expectations.

Gartner believes that tension between the IT forces in favor of private PaaS and those Line of Business leaders demanding the full public cloud experience will intensify as self-managed private cloud disappoints. Managed private (or public) PaaS will therefore emerge as the best practices.

By 2019, a mandatory vendor capability for the top five aPaaS providers will be the delivery of both high-productivity and high-control PaaS options.

Large enterprise organizations will prefer aPaaS suites that can provide integrated high-control and high-productivity capabilities. These service providers will receive preferential treatment in the market -- Gartner says combined capabilities will become a requirement for aPaaS market leadership.

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