PaaS Is on the Rise—Is Your Data Center Ready?

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Optimize for Tomorrow's Workloads

  • PaaS is one of the fastest-growing sectors in cloud computing.

  • Legacy hardware and software can’t handle emerging workloads that mesh artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), containers and in-memory databases.

  • Innovative compute and storage technologies from Intel, such as second-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ technology for both memory and solid state drives can raise your PaaS offering to the next level.

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Although it represents the public cloud market's smallest segment relative to SaaS and IaaS, PaaS is making impressive gains. In 2017, public cloud PaaS achieved a year-over-year growth rate of just over 50 percent, with revenue of over USD 8.5 billion and a 13.6 percent market share.1 CIO investment in platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is expected to increase from 32 percent in 2016 to 56 percent in 2019, making it the fastest-growing sector of cloud platforms.2

Enterprises are demanding a cost-effective way to develop, integrate, and deliver applications and services—and PaaS provides what they want. But as described in the eGuide, “Optimize Your Data Center for Tomorrow’s Workloads” this demand is accompanied by an expectation of modern technology. If your PaaS offering isn’t ready for the following workloads, you are at risk of missing some big growth opportunities.

Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Advanced Analytics

As big data, AI, machine learning, deep learning, the Internet of Things (IoT) and business analytics continue to permeate every industry, PaaS providers need to invest in state-of-the-art compute, storage and network resources, along with advanced SDKs, libraries, and frameworks that can improve performance for database and business intelligence (BI) applications. As in-memory databases gain momentum, compute and storage performance becomes even more critical.

High-Volume Storage

The days of low-bandwidth network and slow hard disk drives (HDDs) are over. Modern workloads that access terabytes or even petabytes of data—often in near real time—require high-performance memory and storage systems. Investing in the latest memory and storage technologies can help optimize performance, increase scalability and accelerate insights.

Enhanced Security

In 2019, data privacy and security of sensitive data are predicted to be top priorities for organizations of all types.3 The global average cost of a data breach is now estimated at USD 3.86 million, up 6.4 percent over the previous year4—meaning that data security is certain to be a deciding factor when customers choose between PaaS suppliers.

Innovation at both the software and hardware levels can help differentiate your PaaS offerings from your competition. Download the eGuide, “Optimize Your Data Center for Tomorrow’s Workloads” to discover how the new generation of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, Intel® Optane™ DC Solid State Drives, and other innovations from Intel can propel your business into the future with improved performance, security, scalability, and cost efficiency.

Intel® technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at intel.com.

Product and Performance Information

1

Datamation, November 2017, “PaaS Growth Outpaces SaaS and IaaS”. https://www.datamation.com/cloud-computing/paas-growth-outpaces-saas-and-iaas.html

2

KPMG, 2017 “Journey to the cloud: The creative CIO Agenda”. https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2017/02/the-creative-cios-agenda-journey-to-cloud.PDF

3

Information Week, January 2019, “Expert Predictions on SaaS Use in 2019”. https://www.informationweek.com/cloud/software-as-a-service/expert-predictions-on-saas-use-in-2019-/a/d-id/13336444

4

Security Today, July 2018, “The Average Cost of a Data Breach”. https://securitytoday.com/articles/2018/07/17/the-average-cost-of-a-data-breach.aspx