5 Top PaaS Trends in 2022

In software-as-a-service (SaaS), a user logs into a site via the web and the functions of the application are delivered via the web.

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a little different. Instead of a service, an entire platform is delivered from the cloud. This platform is then used for the application development, execution and management. The big advantage is that the user does not have to build or maintain the cloud infrastructure needed to develop or launch an application.

PaaS comes in different flavors. You can receive it as a general cloud service from a provider, which allows the user to manage the software deployment, but has no configuration options. In the background, the provider takes care of all needs for the network, servers, storage, OS support and other related IT functions, such as Java or .NET runtime, any necessary integrations, databases and more.

Alternatively, PaaS can be used as a private service from software or a device that resides behind the firewall or if software is deployed on AWS or another public cloud.

Those using PaaS note benefits such as faster and more efficient app development, no need to get involved with the underlying plumbing, and general ease of use.

Here are some of the key trends businesses and IT teams are seeing in the PaaS market:

1. Reduce Complexity

PaaS growth is fueled by the desire to reduce the complexity of cloud-native infrastructure, accelerate time to market and reduce costs, according to Brad Murdoch, EVP, light diffraction

After all, complexity comes in spades in the cloud native world.

“Anything that can reduce that complexity and friction by making life easier for architects, developers and operations has the potential to add significant value,” Murdoch said.

The main business driver driving interest in cloud-native services delivered through more advanced Platforms-as-a-Service is the move to real-time, data-centric operations, resulting in requirements to modernize core services portfolios or to fully new greenfield systems to be built.”

Murdoch cited examples such as IoT platforms, real-time financial services, modern e-commerce systems, streaming media, Internet-based gaming, factory automation, and telemedicine.

2. Convergence

New IT architectures emerge for the multicloud era, said Edward Qin, chief product officer, algorithm blue

This requires cloud services, security and networking to come together.

“In this new, integrated approach, security and networks are no longer composed of separate devices and devices; we are talking about software services in addition to cloud-based applications,” said Qin. “This is what Gartner calls SASE (Secure Access Service Edge).”

PaaS vendors are now rolling such services together, in some cases, to provide the security and network support in addition to standard application development services.

3. Include Microsoft in the Process

Microsoft has recently stepped up its game in the cloud, with security being a major boost.

These security measures apply to SaaS, PaaS, and Infrastructure as a Service deployments.

Many organizations have deployed Exchange Online and Teams, and in the process have configured their existing, on-premises Active Directory to sync with the Microsoft cloud, said Aaron Turner, VP, SaaS Attitude, Vectra

In that process, decisions were likely made to implement what was seen as a one-way connection to the Microsoft cloud. In reality, there is no such thing as ‘one-way traffic’, as each connection is in fact bi-directional.

“Many organizations have experienced security incidents as a result of the default ‘one way’ sync security settings configured between on-premises Active Directory and Azure AD,” Turner said.

“Organizations using Microsoft 365 services such as Exchange Online, OneDrive, and Teams should actively measure their security posture in Azure AD. Even in situations where a ‘one-way’ synchronization has been established, there may still be two-way vulnerabilities that can be exploited.”

4. Cloud migration

Those organizations moving from on-premises deployments to the cloud and PaaS have to deal with migrating data to the cloud.

In a recent survey, 62% of respondents said their cloud migration projects were more difficult than expected.

In addition, 64% said those projects took longer than predicted and 55% went over budget, said Samta Bansal, leader in global advisory strategy, Hitachi Vantara

“A strategic approach to cloud operations is the first step”, bansal said:

“Look at the needs of your entire organization and strategically determine which workloads can be moved to the cloud, which should remain on-premises, and how best to operate in a hybrid reality.”

5. Multicloud PaaS

The complexity of the cloud is increasing. Not only organizations use multiple public cloud platforms, such as Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform. And now they are even getting involved in multiple PaaS implementations.

“The current workforce, application workflows, and data sets are all increasingly spread across multiple locations, including one or more physical data centers, private and public clouds, and different cloud regions,” said Floyd Christofferson, VP of Product Marketing, hammer room

“To be competitive, organizations increasingly need to ensure that a dispersed workforce can be productive with instant, secure, and shared access to all data, regardless of location. Multicloud functionality helps future-proof cloud vendor decisions, enabling non-disruptive data placement between providers, locations, and other incompatible storage silos without the complexity and disruption caused by migrations or pushing data copies between locations.”

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