First, a mea culpa: I was one of the handful of people who closely followed the PaaS world a few years ago.

For those not in the know, PaaS (platform as a service) was all about providing a development and automation solution for application developers so that they didn’t need to think about managing infrastructure themselves. The initial PaaS offerings were Heroku (acquired by Salesforce) and Engine Yard (once a high flier but now, at least by my assessment, languishing in obscurity).

Thereafter the world of PaaS moved on a little with two distinct camps, Red Hat OpenShift on one side (itself the product of an acquisition as Red Hat scooped up Makara) and Cloud Foundry, a product initially incubated within VMware but now part of the Pivotal world.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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