There is a major shift witnessed in the way companies are obtaining software and computing capacity, and cloud is playing a bigger role in the game and is expected to cross $25 billion by the end of 2013. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a key component of this cloud and is expected to reach $1.2 billion in 2012 up from $900 million in 2011, states Gartner, Inc.
The category of PaaS includes suites of application infrastructure services such as application platform (aPaaS) and integration platform as a service (iPaaS) along with specialist application infrastructure services such as database platform as a service, business process management platform as a service, messaging as a service and other functional types of middleware offered as a cloud service.
The PaaS market experienced a consistent growth totally $1.5 billion revenue in 2012 and expected to grow to $2.9 billion in 2016. This surge in the revenue will be driven by the cloud application platform services (aPaaS) accounting for 34.4 percent of total PaaS spending in 2012; cloud application life cycle management (ALM) services (almPaaS) at 12 percent; cloud BPM platform services (bpmPaaS) at 11.6 percent; and cloud integration services (iPaaS) at 11.4 percent.
Despite economic turmoil globally, the mature IT markets of the world like the U.S., Western Europe and Japan are on the forefront of PaaS adoption. The U.S. takes the first position in PaaS spending globally with 42 percent of the market. The global matured markets of the world account for around 90 percent of the PaaS sending, while the emerging markets are currently marginally investing in the space.
The trend is expected to materialize in the coming times when PaaS matures as a technology and there will be fewer mainstream players that have the capacity to service wider geographies.