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Bernard Golden, June 3, 2014
Cloud computing, in the form of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has brought a real revolution to the use of computing infrastructure. In the past, resource provisioning commonly took multiple weeks or even months. IaaS, underpinned by the flexibility of virtualization, has reduced resource provisioning timeframes to hours – or even minutes.
It does not take a fortuneteller to predict that the next frontier of cloud computing will be in applications; specifically, the IaaS revolution will soon be matched by a restructuring of the ways applications are designed, deployed, and operated. Using application frameworks, organizations will reduce application lifecycles as dramatically as they used IaaS to reduce their infrastructure timeframes. Naturally, there is a term for these frameworks: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). While a number of PaaS offerings have been released into the marketplace, the offering with the largest ecosystem and vendor adoption is Cloud Foundry.
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