The Many Faces of PaaS

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By now, enterprises understand the value of Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), but there still is much confusion about Platform as a Service (PaaS). This confusion is one reason why enterprises have been slow to adopt PaaS. Why is there so much confusion? This presentation will help clear up the confusion of all the different types of PaaS offerings in the marketplace.

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The Many Faces of PaaS

  1. 1. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 1 The Many Faces of PaaS Platform as a Service Decisions Mike Kavis 10/08/2013
  2. 2. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 2 About the Presenter @madgreek65 mikekavis madgreek65 VP/Principal Architect @ Cloud Technology Partners Mike Kavis Agile Development madgreek65
  3. 3. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 3 • Cloud Service Models • Evolution of PaaS • PaaS in 2013 • Conclusion Agenda
  4. 4. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 4 Cloud Service Models
  5. 5. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 5 The Cloud Stack
  6. 6. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 6 Infrastructure as a Service
  7. 7. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 7 Platform as a Service
  8. 8. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 8 Software as a Service
  9. 9. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 9 Pros Cons Speed to Market Less Control PaaS handles autoscaling, fail over, disaster recovery Only suitable for certain workloads, not high transactions PaaS manages many security requirements Little to no input into security controls and audits PaaS manages software updates, patches No input or insights into vulnerabilities PaaS manages uptime, reliability Most have no published SLAs and can’t meet SLAs beyond 4 9’s Integrated with numerous third party software vendors Might not integrate with the vendors in your enterprise Cost effective method of utilizing compute resources Costs can spiral out of control if not governed properly Most likely the preferred method of development in the near future Immature and unproven in current day and age Pros and Cons of PaaS
  10. 10. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 10 Evolution of PaaS
  11. 11. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 11 Characteristics Description Abstracted infrastructure The entire infrastructure layer is the responsibility of the PaaS vendor enabling developers to focus on business requirements and not the underlying plumbing (patching, installing, scaling, failover, etc.) Managed App Stack The application stack can be deployed with a few clicks of a mouse Pay as you go Only pay for the services you use Integrated tools Numerous third party “plugins” (ex: Redis, SendGrid, Loggly, New Relic, RabbitMQ, etc.) Speed to market Quickly stand up environment to build apps Throttling Governors in place to protect against tenants flooding the system Language challenged APIs support a single application development language and possibly even a proprietary language Lock in Developers locked into the platform, challenging to move off Public PaaS – Single Stack
  12. 12. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 12 Characteristics Description Abstracted Infrastructure The entire infrastructure layer is the responsibility of the PaaS vendor enabling developers to focus on business requirements and not the underlying plumbing (patching, installing, scaling, failover, etc.) Managed App Stack The application stack can be deployed with a few clicks of a mouse Pay as you go Only pay for the services you use Integrated tools Numerous third party “plugins” (ex: Redis, SendGrid, Loggly, New Relic, RabbitMQ, etc.) Speed to market Quickly stand up environment to build apps Throttling Governors in place to protect against tenants flooding the system Language enabled APIs offer support for numerous application stacks (ex: Ruby, Python, PHP, Java, .Net, Node.js, etc) Lock in Developers locked into the platform, challenging to move off Public PaaS – Multi Stack
  13. 13. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 13 Characteristics Description Infrastructure not abstracted The PaaS is a software application that must be implemented and managed on top of infrastructure which is not abstracted. Managed App Stack The application stack can be deployed with a few clicks of a mouse Pay for everything Classical IT payment model. Pay for hardware, software, services, etc. Integrated tools Numerous third party “plugins” (ex: Redis, SendGrid, Loggly, New Relic, RabbitMQ, etc.) Speed to market eventually Still quick for developers but lots of the same old work for systems admins plus the additional responsibility of managing the PaaS software Throttling Governors in place to protect against tenants flooding the system, but admins can add infrastructure as needed Language enabled APIs offer support for numerous application stacks (ex: Ruby, Python, PHP, Java, .Net, Node.js, etc) Less lock in With open source version of PaaS, much less lock in Private PaaS – Multi Stack
  14. 14. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 14 • Public Hosted – Classic PaaS model; Vendor runs PaaS on its own infrastructure in a public cloud • Public Managed – Vendor runs PaaS on an IaaS vendor’s public cloud and manages the PaaS on your behalf • Public Unmanaged – Vendor runs PaaS on an IaaS vendor’s public cloud and you managed it • Private Hosted – Vendor runs PaaS on its own infrastructure in a private cloud • Private Managed – PaaS solution is software only installed on a private cloud, vendor manages the platform on your behalf • Private Unmanaged – PaaS solution is software only that you install and manage yourself in a private cloud Types of PaaS
  15. 15. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 15 How the different PaaS options stack up
  16. 16. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 16 How the different PaaS options stack up
  17. 17. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 17 PaaS in 2013
  18. 18. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 18 • Enterprises cloud adoption is not a binary decision • Enterprises will deploy multi cloud solutions – Iaas, PaaS, and SaaS clouds – Public, Private, Hybrid, and Community clouds • Enterprises will pick the different tools for different jobs • Cloud silos will emerge just like application silos have for years Multi Cloud Realities
  19. 19. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 19 • More focus needed on security and governance to deal with complexity • Many moving parts makes resiliency a challenge • Multi clouds have value if you select the right providers for the right use cases • Cloud management platforms are critical for managing the complexity • “Don’t try this at home” – Leverage cloud experts like CloudTP who have years of experience dealing with complex cloud implementations – Requires deep understanding of application, infrastructure, and enterprise architecture – Requires deep knowledge of cloud vendor offerings across a wide range of services Multi Cloud Implications
  20. 20. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 20 • Public – Speed to market – Outsource management of infrastructure when possible • Private – Data security and privacy (PII data, PCI, HIPAA, etc.) – Legacy systems (mainframes, stateful applications, etc.) – High transactional and low latency systems • Bare Metal – Workloads on bare metal machines – Specific hardware requirements for certain apps Enterprise Requirements
  21. 21. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 21 Domain Specific PaaS Solutions Emerging
  22. 22. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 22 Conclusion
  23. 23. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 23 Choosing the right PaaS for the right reasons • Use the right tool for the right job • Leverage cloud experts where applicable • Understand which workloads/apps make sense to build with PaaS – Understand Regulatory & Compliance requirements – Capex vs. Opex – Time to market considerations • Other factors – Organizational maturity, readiness – Customer/industry perception of cloud
  24. 24. © 2013 Cloud Technology Partners, Inc. / Confidential 24 Questions?

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