PaaS potential and practicality

This is a hype-free zone


If you were to draw a systems-stack view of cloud services, ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) is the layer between ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) and ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS). Of all the ‘C word’ offerings, it is arguably the least well understood.

Sure, most people can get the gist of PaaS - a hosted service that allows you to develop and run applications specifically designed for the cloud - but do they get the point of it?

IaaS allows you switch workloads back and forth between the cloud and your on-premise environment, and SaaS allows you to fast-track access to packaged app functionality. But when, exactly, does it make sense to to build your own app purely for the cloud?

This is one of the questions we’re tackling in this webcast. We’ve got Reg reader Nigel Tyrell, head of environmental services at Lewisham Council, talking about how he’s deployed a PaaS based application to support the ‘Love Clean London’ initiative, announced by Boris Johnson last week.

Nigel is joined by The Register’s host Tim Phillips, Dale Vile, from Freeform Dynamics, and Michael Newbury from Microsoft.

The four of them are running through Nigel’s experiences and talking about the lessons that can be learned about where PaaS is relevant and real world stuff to consider in order to make it work. If that sounds like just the thing you need to help you through the cloud hype, join us on-demand.

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