Half Of PaaS Applications Will Be For IoT By 2020

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Gartner says PaaS will grow to help manage growth in IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is useless without a method of controlling the billions of devices expected to be connected over the next few years, hence Gartners prediction that IoT will be a major driver of Platform as a Service (PaaS) adoption.

According to analysts, by 2020, more than half of all new applications developed on PaaS will be for IoT.


“IoT adoption will drive additional use of PaaS to implement IoT-centric business applications built around event-driven architecture and IoT data, instead of business applications built around traditional master data,” said Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner.

“New IoT-centric business applications will drive a transformation in application design practices that focus on real-time contextually rich decisions, event-analysis, lightweight workflow, and broad access to web-scale data.”

Most new IoT-centric solutions will be implemented on what Gartner dubs ‘IoT platforms’, a form of “multifunctional comprehensive PaaS that is a hybrid, architecturally coherent integration of application platform as a service (aPaaS), integration platform as a service (iPaaS), IoT device management, orchestration and business process management services as a platform (bpmPaaS), database PaaS (dbPaaS) and analytics services”.

Try saying that in one breath.

Container technology is also coming in handy when looking towards the future of PaaS rollouts, said Gartner.

The research house predicts that by 2018 more than 70 percent of IT firms planning their own PaaS will deploy a container service rather than traditional PaaS framework software.

“An advanced container service provides subscribers with self-service access to container-based infrastructure. It hosts, orchestrates, schedules, scales and ensures the reliability of containers. It may also provide other capabilities, such as monitoring, load balancing and securing container communications,” said Gartner.

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