Most enterprise cloud adoption has relied on virtual machines and infrastructure as a service. However, there is a lot to love about the other approach to clouds—platform as a service. In a PaaS model, you worry about your code, and the systems take care of the rest. True Platform-as-a-Service not only reduces the cost of hardware infrastructure, but also reduces the complexity of the software stack that runs on it. PaaS promises to trim development and deployment time from months and years to days and weeks, but what are the signs of a true PaaS powerhouse? Is it simply free of servers or software to manage? Does it provide automatic upgrades and elasticity? Can you develop in multiple languages and across multiple device platforms? Many informed analysts think PaaS is the inevitable consequence of true utility computing. In this session, Patrick Chanezon of VMWare explains why PaaS may be the future of the enterprise.
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