Platform-as-a-Service vendors adopt various approaches to deliver a self-service application platform. Broadly speaking there are three prominent trends that are seen are:
1) Operations-focused PaaS - PaaS vendors help developers focus on building applications while abstracting away the complexity of Infrastructure enabling rapid deployment of applications.
2) Cloud-services focused PaaS – PaaS vendors here are redefining the way applications are built for the cloud-scale by commoditising common architectural patterns and enhancing old SOA applications by allowing easy integration of 3rd party cloud services.
3) Application-focused PaaS - PaaS vendors here enable business-end power users to focus on their expertise in building the business layer rather than the whole application stack by providing development tools, programming models, ready-to-use templates and other application building blocks.
This one-pager highlights these three approaches and provides a holistic world view of current PaaS market and the future trends.