PaaS deployment models

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Rapid deployment capability is table stakes when we are talking about a PaaS solution. Every vendor touts it, and to be frank, every user simply expects it to be there. While I think it is interesting to talk about rapid deployment and perhaps compare speed of one solution to that of another, I think it is infinitely more interesting to talk about the mechanics of deployment for a particular solution. That is, I think the more interesting and important question is ‘What deployment style does a particular solution take?’

At a very high, black and white level, I think two primary deployment styles permeate the landscape of PaaS today: contained and referential. I want to compare each approach, but before that, let me use a few words to describe each style.

Contained: In the contained deployment model, PaaS solutions deploy environments based on packages that contain most, if…

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Education developer for IBM with one foot in the cloud, and one foot in mobile, while doing a hand-stand on WebSphere. Based in Pittsburgh, PA. Opinions are my own. View all posts by mirvpgh

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