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In my last post, I began dissecting cloud computing into its three primary components: infrastructure last week, platform this week and software as a service next week. Platform as a service (PaaS) refers to the tools used to build software applications (software programs) in the cloud. Think of it as a cloud-based development environment for building and managing software applications. These custom-built applications are then hosted on infrastructure as a service (IaaS). For example, whereas Microsoft .Net is a traditional type of development platform, a product like WorkXpress is a cloud-based development platform designed to accomplish similar goals. When you work in .Net, you are responsible for all the aspects of installing, managing and updating your tool set, the hardware it runs on, where it's deployed. When you work in PaaS, all of the management requiremen... (more)

Mobility – Cloud Computing’s Partner in Crime

As I mentioned last week, a reliance on cloud computing technologies made it very easy to move my office from point A to point B. One aspect I intentionally skipped was our network infrastructure. The cloud is pretty useless if you don’t have Internet access. For most businesses with more than a couple employees, Internet access means getting a service provider to run a line to your business. It means a wiring closet and a router, and it means enabling connections throughout your office space. And if you want wireless, it means setting up all access points and security, and then... (more)

The Cloud is a Radical and Transformational Change

Thank you Mike Vizard for your discussion of why cloud computing will drive more custom application development. This is the point that seems to keep getting skipped in the many theoretical considerations of whether “the cloud” is hype or revolution. People are talking a lot about data center consolidation and reduction of IT expenditures, or shifts from capital expenditures to operating expenditures, and frequently in a tone that questions whether this even represents a material improvement. But in so doing, they are missing the real value gains; the cloud is about a radical an... (more)

5GL PaaS

The debate has raged for some time now about the exact definition of a 5GL.  One might argue that there also is still some debate going on about what exactly is a Platform as a Service PaaS.  Throw together two semi-ambiguous industry-specific buzzwords and what do you get?  Well, for all of you cynics out there, the answer is NOT "a great marketing opportunity!" In all seriousness, taken together, the two do represent an ambitious vision of the future; a world where the "non-programmer", i.e. someone who does not have experience "writing code", can quickly create flexible softwar... (more)

Disruptive Nature of Cloud Computing and PaaS

Too often, discussions about "cloud computing" are met with skepticism and inside jokes that it is more about marketing than it is about delivering real value.  In his excellent analysis of why Cloud Computing is disruptive, Ric Telford over at IBM disagree's.  He talks about a number of key factors that create a disruptive technology, which he defines as the ability to rapidly displace existing technologies.  He mentions things like ease of use, empowerment and efficiency.  He alludes to dramatic productivity gains and cost reductions, and he uses real examples. I am particular... (more)