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Platform as a Service (PaaS): Evaluating the Landscape for Enterprise Adoption

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) providers offer an attractive proposition for enterprises looking to reap the benefits of cloud delivery models. By offering a stack of re-usable software and service management components — such as load balancing for Web applications or automated back-ups and patching of databases — PaaS offerings can help accelerate time-to-market with new developments, simplify ongoing maintenance, and further strengthen the economies of scale inherent in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) delivery models.However, to select the right PaaS provider each enterprise will need to create a structured set of requirements against which to judge the different offerings.

This paper will:

  • Analyse some challenges that financial institutions face in PaaS adoption and outline architectural techniques to address those challenges.
  • Outline the selection criteria that firms should use to evaluate their providers, including functional and non-functional capabilities, ease of integration, as well as capabilities aimed at addressing risk, security and compliance requirements.
  • Provide a summary evaluation of the capabilities offered by leading web application and database PaaS providers, including Amazon Web Services, CenturyLink, Engine Yard, Google, Heroku, Microsoft, RackSpace and RedHat OpenShift.

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The author

Mark Wong

Mark Wong

Associate Partner, Hong Kong

Mark has over 12 years of investment banking IT experience, including application development, architecture, support, project management and people management. He is a certified AWS solutions architect, and was previously with Deutsche Bank, responsible for their equity derivatives market making and proprietary trading platform in the APAC region.

mark.wong@citihub.com