Nearly a year ago I posted Thoughts on Platform-as-a-Service, in which I reviewed the state of cloud platforms at the time. A lot has happened since then, and it's time to revisit the latest and greatest in PaaS and specialized cloud platforms.
I've been asked several times by companies I advise or just talk to, as well as by journalists, how should companies select a cloud provider? The answer is, as it almost always is, "it depends." Similarly to what we had already seen in programming languages and traditional application platforms (i.e., installed on-premise), different platforms have been designed to serve different purposes.
I am planning on publishing a series of posts with the general title of "The Purpose-Driven Cloud", which cover the different dimensions that differentiate cloud platforms and make them more suitable for different purposes.
The dimensions I am going to cover are:
- Usability-Driven Clouds [UPDATE: Post is live here]
- Framework-Based Clouds [UPDATE: Post is live here]
- Domain-Specific Clouds [UPDATE: Post is live here]
- Data-Driven Clouds
- Industry-Focused Clouds
- Geographically-Centric Clouds
Simultaneous to this intro, I am publishing the first in the series: The Usability-Driven Cloud.