PaaS adoption to grow as IaaS, SaaS become commodities, study says

As Software and Infrastructure as a Service become commodities within the private sector, Platform as a Service will be the next battleground for service providers, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan. Enterprises will look to PaaS to differentiate themselves from competitive firms, as it will be the only technology that offers vendors differentiation.

Since PaaS is highly flexible and is a cost-effective method for developing, testing and launching new applications, its adoption will likely increase in the coming years, the report said. PaaS will also push companies to streamline operations, making them more efficient and competitive, enabling them to grow in an otherwise somewhat stagnant economy.

"The growing developer community, with an increasing number of small/part-time developers, is also creating a strong opportunity for the market," Frost & Sullivan industry analyst Mayank Kapoor said. "PaaS provides them access to a scalable IT infrastructure and the tools required to develop and test their applications, on a pay-as-you-go basis."

A separate study by TechNavio revealed that the global PaaS market is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent through 2014. As more organizations leverage cloud computing, PaaS, along with SaaS and IaaS, will enable firms to remain competitive.

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