Virtualized hardware is all the rage in enterprise IT. However, is a purely virtualization-focused, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) approach really the right one for enterprises and government? What’s becoming clear is that virtualization is but one piece of a much bigger strategy for fast, self-service deployment and ultra-efficient operations, referred to as “platform as a service” (PaaS). PaaS leverages a wider set of middleware capabilities to enable application deployment in minutes rather than days and reduces operational costs by up to 90%. This general session will compare and contrast the IaaS and PaaS approaches, discussing architectural and operational considerations for PaaS using examples of best practices. It's a must-attend session for anyone considering building a private cloud.