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Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces, writes about new cloud platforms. 



Global thought leadership organizations Gartner, IDC, and Merrill Lynch, just to name a few, all concur that cloud technologies, which already constitute a more than $16bn dollar annual market, are only expected to grow and some even predict multiply tenfold by 2015.  With more than 50% of respondents citing business agility as a primary driver for migrating to the cloud (as brought forth in a recent Sand Hill survey of 500 IT decision makers), this is almost an ironic scenario with the silo-oriented approach widely dominating the cloud market today that has spawned a rather cumbersome process for organizations who require quick time-to-market when rolling out new business products.


It’s no secret that a key enabler to achieving a high-level of business agility is indeed the convergence and eventual automation of development and operations into one continuous process – which is basically a mission impossible with today’s silos.  The danger of this architecture was brought forth recently in an InfoWorld article, that went so far as to state that if the silo architecture is not done away with, then the value of IT will actually be diminished with “siloization” essentially countering any efficiency advantages that may be achieved from migrating to better-virtualized and sharable infrastructure.


This trend is often times attributed to the unprecedented growth rate of mobile and social networking services that are now creating a demand for higher levels of consistency and availability when it comes to user experience.  With competitors just a click away, there is virtually (no pun intended) zero-tolerance for downtime, placing ever more pressure on enterprises to ensure that they have an appropriate strategy in place to manage evolving needs for agility, efficiency, and scalability without compromising customer satisfaction; and all this before even considering the logistics involved with migrating smoothly to the cloud, and integrating with processes and technologies already in place.


All these considerations will ultimately drive a new category of PaaS platforms known as Cloud Enabled Application Platform (CEAP) that are specifically designed to handle these burgeoning challenges.  A platform of this nature will be able to address the numerous cloud-related needs that arise daily, such as “desiloization”, multi-tenancy, scalability, efficiency, DevOps, cloud portability, elasticity, security, multi-cloud, and more.  However, unlike some of the public PaaS platforms already available, this new category will provide a significantly higher degree of flexibility and control.  PaaS & SaaS enablement will become a core component when building cloud solutions.



Nati Shalom is the CTO and Founder of GigaSpaces, a supplier of end-to-end scaling solutions for distributed, mission-critical application environments, and cloud enabling technologies. Follow him on twitter at natishalom.

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