PaaS is the Tight End of Cloud Computing – Part 2 of 3
The Dallas Cowboys have a 1st ballot NFL Hall of Fame tight end playing on their team today. If you could create a perfect NFL tight end with a 3-D printer, Jason Witten would be the final product. Jason is mentally and physically rugged because he’s required to be strong like an offensive lineman but agile enough to advance the football down the field.
Tight ends are asked to block just like the lineman providing the infrastructure for the “Glamour Boys” to run or throw touchdown passes. Additionally, when the “Glamour Boys” need a “woobie” security blanket, tight ends are asked to matriculate their large frames over and around faster more athletic players and catch passes.
Much like the tight end, platform as a service (PaaS) reaches into the lower level IaaS world and adds operating systems, development tools, and security systems as part of the infrastructure. PaaS then builds a service offering by adding a programming language for developers, a multi-tenancy computing architecture to isolate end users code and data, and a test environment that supports a software development lifecycle. Inclusion of service interfaces such as Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and eXtensible Markup Language (XML) completes a basic PaaS service offering.
Tight ends and PaaS are a vital ingredient in the grungy world of trench warfare and the brightly lit world of glitz and glamor. I’m certain the football players and PaaS providers learn to live with the role ambiguity without needing medical attention. Let’s hope so!
See you next time for the final installment in the series: SaaS is the Glamour Quarterback of Cloud Computing.
Randall Smith – StratoSTACK Product Manager
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