The secret is starting to leak out from multiple sources; Private PaaS adoption by enterprise end-user organizations is off to a slow start in 2012-2013. Application development teams are missing an opportunity to accelerate their agility and operate at the speed of Now. As enterprise teams evaluate Private PaaS alternatives and PaaS architecture, they must carefully identify cloud benefits, cloud characteristics, cloud-native platform options, and cloud adoption strategies.
- Move all their applications to the Cloud by plugging non-Cloud-aware servers and frameworks onto a PaaS Cloud-enablement framework. The fully extensible cartridge model allows new services, languages and frameworks, and runtime containers to be plugged in to the PaaS framework.
- Achieve Cloud scale for PHP applications, MySQL databases, and Tomcat hosted web applications.
- Deliver a single PaaS deployment over multiple IaaS environment (hybrid cloud).Â WSO2 Stratos supports popular IaaS providers (vmWare, EC2, OpenStack, CloudStack, Rackspace, Eucalyptus) via the Apache jclouds project and Puppet based deployers.
- Improve TCO by lowering and optimizing run-time cost by moving applications to VM-based IaaS or choosing a lightweight Linux Container (LXC) deployment model that optimizes resource consumption and minimizes application infrastructure footprint.
Additionally, the Stratos bits have been officially accepted as an Apache incubator project.
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Apache Stratos will be a polyglot PaaS framework, providing developers a cloud-native environment for developing, testing, and running scalable applications. With Apache Stratos, IT providers will gain high utilization rates, automated resource management, and platform-wide insight including monitoring and billing.
Apache is the obvious choice for a project that already embodies Apache values and is driven by developers who are committers on many other Apache projects. By donating the project to Apache, WSO2 desires to attract open community members from the following constituencies:
- Organizations adopting Private PaaS deployment within an enterprise and accelerating enterprise application deployment.
- PaaS providers relying on a PaaS framework to build a PaaS that is customized to their particular vertical industry, ecosystem, or internal development processes.
- SaaS providers requiring a widely-deployed and supported elastic, multi-tenant Cloud-native platform.
- ISPs offering hosted application services with higher resource utilization capabilities than provided by IaaS layers.
- IaaS vendors providing higher-level PaaS services to their customers.
- Analytics, data, integration, and application server vendors adding cloud capabilities to their products through Stratos Cartridges.
The proposed committer list includes individuals from SUSE, Citrix, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Sungard, and EngineYard. Join the Apache Stratos community, participate in extending the 100% Open Source PaaS framework, and create a Cloud-Native fabric.
Figure 1.0: Apache Stratos Architecture
“Do you wait around until 2015 (or later) for Java EE 8 to bring you the cloudy features you’re looking for, now that we know for sure that Java EE 7 won’t have any? Or, do you just wait for your preferred IT megavendor to get around to offering you a for-real, multitenant, cloud native Private PaaS that goes beyond simply slapping a pre-built middleware stack onto a virtual machine? ”
The tongue in cheek statements imply that a best-of-breed IT vendor can offer you a Cloud Native Private PaaS alternative today. Check out the Cloud Native Private PaaS architecture underlying WSO2 Stratos – available today.
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Bridge IaaS and PaaS to more efficiently and flexibly tackle the challenges of the modern connected enterprise.
As enterprises deploy private IaaS clouds into production, they are reevaluating their future application delivery models. SUSE and WSO2 believe that private PaaS will leverage the automation and scalability of Private IaaS solutions, such as OpenStack-based SUSE Cloud, and deliver secure, standardized development environments that will make migrating to an agile, service oriented delivery model possible.
View the Bridging IaaS with PaaS webinar presentation, and
The dZone Definitive Guide to PaaS IaaS Solutions delivers a detailed picture of the diverse Cloud landscape and a PaaS Outlook for 2013 (authored by me).
With simple comparison grids and product description pages, complete with unbiased, third-party reviews, you’ll be able to make a well-informed, data-driven decision about the cloud services you want to adopt. The solution you choose is entirely dependent on the types of tasks you want to perform. This guide will help you decide what best fits your company’s needs, and what to look for in the solution you buy.
The PaaS Outlook provides a brief insiders perspective on:
- The importance of Programming Language Support
- Using Cloud-based DevOps processes to accelerate and automate delivery
- The hybrid platform goal state
Business agility means the ability to change IT around emerging business opportunities. However, IT has been less than nimble in recent years; application backloads are at an all time high, and confidence in IT is at an all time low.
DevOps principles and practices combined with PaaS characteristics will quicken IT solution development and delivery. DevOps focuses on improving continuous activity execution, such as continuous build, continuous integration, continuous test, and continuous delivery. These activities combine to create a ‘no wait’ environment that accelerates business agility.
By incorporating automation into developer and operations processes, teams bypass time consuming manual tasks and gain faster phase execution. Both DevOps and PaaS promote simple, on-demand self-service environments that shield team members from complexity and reduce skill hurdles. By offering on-demand self-service access, rapid business innovation and experimentation is possible. By reducing complexity, team members are not required to obtain special training and skills before consuming IT services and infrastructure.
In this Webinar, David Linthicum and I show you a path towards agile IT through the use of new approaches and emerging technology. Moreover, you will learn new concepts around DevOps improvement, the use of emerging PaaS technology, and agility best practices that will guide you to success the very first time.
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Cloud platforms exhibiting Cloud Native PaaS architecture provide an opportunity to increase business innovation and creativity. Cloud native platform solutions shield teams from infrastructure details and inject new behavior into the application.
Cloud native PaaS architecture requires infrastructure innovation in provisioning, service governance, management, deployment, load-balancing, policy enforcement, and tenancy. Cloud native, innovative provisioning infrastructure increases tenant density and streamlines code deployment and synchronization. Multi-tenancy within middleware containers enables teams to customize applications and services per consumer by changing run-time configuration settings instead of provisioning new instances.
Queuing, waiting, and the status quo doesn’t fit well with today’s now generation. Business stakeholders, who drive revenue growth and customer retention, desire to rapidly seize opportunity and market share. They often view IT timeframes and capabilities as a poor match for today’s fast business-pace. A New IT model is required to reduce delivery time and accelerate business agility. DevOps PaaS brings no waits, faster phase execution, widespread accessibility, rapid grassroots innovation, and increased resource availability to IT projects.
During the API Strategy Conference panel discussion on Backend as a Service (BaaS), I was struck by the lack of clarity around BaaS market space boundaries and roadmaps. While BaaS is currently well tuned for mobile client backend use cases, the market definition is on a collision course with Platform as a Service (PaaS).