While there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the viability of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings as a distinct market apart from infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), there is no doubt that PaaS technologies are becoming more accessible in the cloud with each passing day.
The latest example is CloudBees, which this week announced that it has struck a deal under which its PaaS offering for Java applications will be made available on the Verizon cloud. That offering complements existing implementations of the CloudBees PaaS that can be found on Amazon Web Services, the Google App Engine and Cloud Foundry clouds.
Slowly but surely, PaaS offerings are manifesting themselves all across the cloud. Each instance provides developers with access to platforms that abstract away much of the middleware that developers used to have to master before building and deploying an application. Each PaaS offering has processes that are unique to that environment, but the end benefit is that developers should be able to not only bring applications to market faster, but also to participate in application ecosystems that will emerge around various PaaS environments.
Rather than focusing as much on selling PaaS...