Global platform as a service revenue to reach $707.4 million in 2011

Worldwide platform as a service (PaaS)
revenue will reach $707.4 million in 2011, up from $512.4 million in 2010,
according to Gartner.

The market will experience consistent growth
with worldwide PaaS revenue totaling $1.8 billion in 2015.

“Cloud has three technological aspects –
infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and finally
software as a service (SaaS),” said Fabrizio Biscotti, research director
at Gartner.

Initial PaaS products primarily supported
application server capability, but the market has since expanded to encompass
other middleware capabilities as a service, such as integration, process
management, and portal and managed file transfers (MFTs).

PaaS offerings are increasingly set to take
market share from the low end of the portal, application server and business
process management (BPM) markets, but as the technology matures, PaaS offerings
will also challenge the upper layers of the market.

PaaS offerings are likely to expand the
application integration and middleware (AIM) market by bringing in a new range
of organizations that otherwise would have been packaged application and office
software users.

application infrastructure is deployed on-premises, organizations can take a
best-of-breed approach and integrate all acquired components in their data
center. When middleware services are acquired in the cloud from different PaaS
providers – the services remain in different data centers and resist optimized
integration. Mainstream users of PaaS services will likely look for providers
that deliver comprehensive and integrated PaaS functionality suites – forcing
the specialist offerings to consolidate.

Few providers deliver a comprehensive and
integrated PaaS offering, and Gartner believes that such fragmentation will be
impossible to deal with when users and service providers start to implement
large-scale, business-critical applications requiring the simultaneous and
in-concert use of multiple PaaS capabilities such as user experience,
application servers, database management systems (DBMSs), security and

There will be a rapid aggregation of PaaS
offerings into suites of functionalities, providing users with well-integrated
and optimized platform services, co-located in the same data center to provide
appropriate levels of performance, security, manageability and availability.
This process will take place in steps. Initially, around 2013, PaaS
functionalities will consolidate around specific usage scenarios, paving the
way for integrated comprehensive PaaS offerings to emerge from 2015 and beyond.

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