Maturity and trust are two of the main reasons why platform-as-a-service (PaaS) adoption has been slow in SA, according to Richard Sutherland, portfolio manager of dynamic infrastructures at Fujitsu.
In comparison with other cloud offerings, says Sutherland, PaaS does not offer a complete solution leading to hesitancy in its adoption. “In respect to the cloud, PaaS is merely one component; while it can, arguably, stand on its own, the offering needs the other two common cloud elements – software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) – to offer a complete solution,” he explains.
Sutherland suggests that for local organisations, IaaS will be the ideal platform as it allows companies to retain control of their information systems.
“It is anticipated that IaaS will be the initial entry point into the cloud due to the fact that companies can move to it while still retaining control over their data, and, depending on the deployment, their applications as well,” he says.
Though Sutherland believes that eventually value could be gained from PaaS, he says IaaS and SaaS are still the dominant options in SA.
“In as much as there is value to be realised from PaaS, the fact that we do not have the responsibilities for its infrastructure and the platform offered through PaaS, I believe companies should be in line with both Iaas and SaaS.”
As PaaS is still in its take-off stages, Sutherland says the limited providers will determine how the variant will expand in SA.
“While PaaS is still a grey area, as no real benchmarks or competition have been defined, the market is largely at the mercy of those providers that have available solutions.
“This is going to be the norm for the initial period, while actual deployments and project implementations refine the model,” explains Sutherland.
However, he believes smaller organisations can see the value of PaaS as it has fewer governance restrictions that hinder adoption.