Using IaaS is like driving a stick shift with a hundred controls. PaaS, on the other hand, frees you from the infrastructure and lets you focus on the driving.
Over the past few years, we have seen a number of platforms that offer PaaS services, to wit:
• Microsoft Azure,
• Google App Engine,
• Heroku (now owned by Salesforce.com) and
• ... probably a lot more that I didn't list.
The presenters will describe some of the PaaS offerings and why they're worth looking into.
• Microsoft Azure offers three programming models (not counting Hadoop and mobile services): Azure Web Sites (PaaS), Azure Cloud Services (PaaS), and VMs (IaaS with Windows & Linux). This talk will put these in context, then show/demo Web Sites in a bit more detail to understand the possibilities. Bill Wilder (http://blog.codingoutloud.com/bio/speaker-bio/) (Principal Cloud Architect for Development Partners Software Corporation) is a hands-on developer, architect, consultant, trainer, speaker, writer, and community leader focused on helping companies and individuals succeed with the cloud using the Windows Azure Platform. Bill is recognized by Microsoft as a Windows Azure MVP and an Azure Insider, and is the author of the book Cloud Architecture Patterns (http://www.cloudarchitecturepatterns.com/), published by O’Reilly in September 2012. Bill can be found blogging at http://blog.codingoutloud.com and on Twitter at @codingoutloud.
• Since its introduction 5 years ago, Google App Engine has expanded far beyond its original form. It now includes 4+ languages, two datastores and a variety of web frameworks. What makes it particularly interesting is its built-in analytics (map reduce) functionality. J Singh (http://www.linkedin.com/in/js2025/) started using Google App Engine back when the language choices were Python or Python. Since then, he has created dozens of App Engine projects. J is a long time Cloud and Big Data advocate and frequent lecturer on NoSQL, Hadoop--Map/Reduce and analytics of social media. His company, DataThinks (http://www.datathinks.org), specializes in behavior analytics for web applications.