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Agile-based PaaS and SOA: The Rising Rapid Application Development Platform : Page 2

The combination of Agile software development, PaaS and SOA are enabling companies to produce tested and cost-effective apps very quickly.


Open Source PaaS

Going forward, PaaS may have more of an open-source flavor, if VMware can leverage its weight and influence.

Just this month, VMware unveiled Cloud Foundry, which the vendor calls the industry's first open PaaS implementation.

Cloud Foundry provides a PaaS implementation that offers developers what they need: choice, noted Steve Herrod, VMware's CTO, in his blog, Cloud Foundry -- Delivering on VMware's "Open PaaS" Strategy .

Herrod said choice consists of:

  • choice of developer frameworks
  • choice of application infrastructure services
  • choice of clouds to which to deploy applications

"By offering an open architecture in all three dimensions, Cloud Foundry overcomes major limitations found in today's PaaS solutions," he said. "Nascent industry PaaS offerings are held back by limited or non-standard framework support, lack of variety of application services and especially the inability to deploy applications across both public and private clouds."

Herman Mehling has written about IT for 25 years. He has written hundreds of articles for leading computer publications and websites.
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