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Some prefer PaaS over IaaS clouds

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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 and

• DotCloud.

• ... 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 ( (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 (, published by O’Reilly in September 2012. Bill can be found blogging at 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 ( 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 (, specializes in behavior analytics for web applications.