Everything as a service promises to simplify our lives, from cutting edge business to consumer applications. It is too early to tell, but the concept of everything moving to the cloud poses some interesting issues, from bandwidth to security.Who would have guessed that in 2015, launching a business would require virtually no physical assets? You simply turn on your computer and everything you need is done in the cloud. The age of anything and everything as a service has arrived.Typically referred to as Everything-as-a- Service (EaaS), or anything-as-a-Service (XaaS), it promises to create a new paradigm on how to start and run a business. On the consumer side, it promises to take everything from your recipe book to your daily programs, and the slew of applications and move them to the cloud.But the implications are much more significant for business, namely where the focus is on ROI. And XaaS doesn’t restrict the business to just intellectual property businesses such as … [Read more...] about Anything As A Service
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On-demand applications and cloud computing often mean different things to different people. For developers, Software as a Service (SaaS) is quickly evolving not only as a means to deliver applications -- but as the means to develop them, too.Taking the notion of "development as a service" to its full potential is the logic behind Platform as a Service (PaaS). To help understand the power of PaaS, we speak in this sponsored podcast to one of the early PaaS pioneers and providers, Bungee Labs.Learn how software development is entering a new era in this discussion with Phil Wainewright, independent analyst and fellow ZDNet SaaS blogger, as well as with Alex Barnett, the vice president of community and blogger at Bungee Labs. Moderation from yours truly.Listen to the podcast (40:04 minutes).Here are some excerpts:Alex Barnett: Everything we know is moving to the Web. And what that means in tangible terms is that businesses and service providers and software companies are providing layers … [Read more...] about Plenty of Reasons to Try Platform as a Service
It's time to add another IT category to the official IT lexicon: software development and deployment as a service, or SDDS. This one's a keeper.That's my conclusion after seeing a demonstration of Bungee Labs' new Bungee Connect offering, which combines the virtues of online Web application development with a near-real-time test and debug capability, and with a click-to-host service that -- now here's the rub -- costs the developer next to nothing to get into full production.Here's an offering that recognizes that new business models that vastly expand the universe of Web services players is what the Web is all about.The attraction is not just in the WSYWIG, drag-and-drop, rich Ajax interface creation ease (sans controls) for those familiar with scripting and Web applications development. It's not just that said produced services, and aggregations of other services and objects, can be tested and debugged very quickly online. It's not just that the application can then be deployed at … [Read more...] about PRODUCT PROFILE Introducing Software Development and Deployment as a Service
Take SOA (service-oriented architecture) and SaaS (Software as a Service) to their natural maturation and adding more interoperability and integration into the online services mix becomes inevitable. When standardized services come from a variety of sources, then a variety of means to connect them makes more sense too.So when will we see the first signs of integration as a service? The answer, it turns out, is now.As the use of Enterprise 2.0 mashups sweeps the IT industry, the concept of converging enterprise services has expanded to hosted munging of business applications and back-office functions.Why not then extend SOA itself by embracing more integration services that help vendors, ISVs (independent software vendors) and service providers bring more elements of business processes together too?The budding notion of "integration as a service" allows enterprise business leaders to "shop around" for their services, regardless of hosting, and opens up the prospect for a thriving new … [Read more...] about OPINION New Market Demand for ‘Integration as a Service’
When the Internet burst upon the scene in the early 1990s, the concept of software as a service (SaaS) seemed an idea whose time had come. It got hyped along with everything else about the Internet and reached a massive peak of inflated expectations in early 2000, as venture capitalists funded dozens of nearly identical companies that provided various SaaS solutions.That funding dried up in mid-2000, when the cracks in the SaaS model began to appear. The business plans assumed zero customer attrition, an uncompetitive landscape, and IPOs in the absence of revenue. Disillusionment set in, and 99 percent of those companies are no longer around. However, the strong did survive, and now, due to the success of companies like Salesforce.com andRightnow.com, SaaS is back.By 2010, 30 percent of new software will be delivered via an SaaS model, according to analyst projections.The staying power of SaaS has arisen for several reasons:Low cost of entry. Instead of paying lots of money to roll out … [Read more...] about The Benefits of the Software-as-a-Service Model
IBM on Monday unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0.IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a transformative step in being able to deploy high-speed, secure business transactions through the network on a large scale, the company said.The platform offers the world's safest Linux infrastructure, with tamper-responsive hardware security modules, a highly auditable operating environment, protection from insider attacks, and secure service containers, according to IBM. "IBM developers were very substantial contributors to the Hyperledger Fabric project, andthey have also been great at pulling developers from other companies into the center of the development process," noted Brian Behlendorf, executive director of Hyperledger."This means the architecture has been scrutinized by a much wider community than you might … [Read more...] about IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service
The definitions or descriptions of newly minted terms and acronyms have been flying around this past year. To add to this, I'll contribute another one: Rich Enterprise Application, or REA.To be clear from the start, REA is an evolution of Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and not an entirely new category created out of thin air. Like RIAs did for consumer facing applications, REAs offer the same advances in usability and interactivity but are designed to meet the needs of enterprises.REAs extend far beyond simple RIAs to integrate seamless connectivity between Ajax-based Web applications and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) business services. REAs leverage investments in SOA and the power of Ajax, and combine the two to enable innovative new business and application models such as Software as a Service (SaaS), enterprise mashups, next-generation portals and browser-based composite applications.What sets REA solutions apart is that they have built-in facilities to ensure enterprise … [Read more...] about What Is REA All About?
Welcome to a special BriefingsDirect podcast from the HP Software Universe 2010 Conference in Barcelona, an interview with Kevin Bury, vice president and general manager; and Neil Ashizawa, manager of products, both with HP Software as a Service.We were at Software Universe in early December to explore some major enterprise software and solutions, trends and innovations making news across HP's ecosystem of customers, partners and developers.This discussion, with two executives from HP, focuses on the Software as a Service (SaaS) market and how it and cloud computing are reshaping the future of IT.Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, moderated the discussion just after the roll-out of HP's big application lifecycle management (ALM) news, the release of ALM 11.Here are some excerpts on the future of SaaS discussion:Listen to the podcast (22:48 minutes).Kevin Bury: We are seeing a lot of interest in the market today for SaaS and cloud. I think it's an extension of … [Read more...] about PODCAST Cloud 2011: Everything as a Service
The quick answer: It depends. The type of cloud services you select might be dictated by your IT budget, the core competencies of your IT staff, and your IT strategy and tactics (meaning which applications you keep in-house, versus which ones you selectively outsource).To begin, let's look at the three main "as a Service" layers that make up the cloud computing model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).Infrastructure as a Service includes all of the systems and services that make up the foundation layer of the cloud -- the server, computing, operating system, storage, data backup, and networking services -- virtualized and delivered as a service. IaaS is popular in the data center, where virtual servers are purchased as a fully outsourced service and usually billed based on usage. This is in contrast to the traditional method of buying equipment outright. IaaS supports the PaaS and SaaS layers. Common examples of IaaS … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE What as a Service Is Right for You as a Business?
If you ask anyone today to define "cloud computing," there is slim chance you will get agreement on an exact definition. It is one of those emerging technologies that everyone knows they want to get into, but no one seems to know why or what the real benefit is. There is a lot of promise, but very few companies have realized tangible benefits from such services. The fact of the matter is that it is one of those areas that seems to be in a continuous state of flux.Cloud computing took off in a rather unassuming manner with not much fanfare, but lately it has become a conversational topic in every IT organization. "Cloud," in this case, is really synonymous with "the Internet." Cloud computing is not a technology; it is the conversion of a set of technologies to be offered in the form of an Internet- or network-based service rather than as asset purchases.This, you may recall, is no different from the traditional hosting services provided by several Internet Service Providers or ISPs. … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Cloud Computing, or Everything as a Service