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WEBINAR: Developers: Which Public Cloud Platform Is Right For You?

June 18, 2013

*Please note that this webinar was originally scheduled for May 14 at 1:00 PM Eastern time (17:00 GMT).


Developers, in record numbers, are turning to public cloud platforms to achieve the agility and efficiency necessary to address today's rapid pace of business change. But not all cloud platforms are the same. There is wide variance in how each platform addresses the diverging needs of a broad developer community. If you simply want to rapidly build a business process or website, the right cloud platform for you will be very different than the one that suits a dev ops programmer who wants direct control over the virtual infrastructure, OS, and middleware configuration.

In this webinar, analysts John Rymer and James Staten share the findings from their latest Forrester Wave™ on public cloud platforms. They will detail the many subtle differences found between the various cloud platform types from platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Most platforms profile in this analysis are blurring the lines between these historical segments.

As documented in our cloud playbook future look report, "Cloud Keys A New Era Of IT Responsiveness And Efficiency," public cloud platforms are evolving to satisfy the ever-growing and changing demands of today's developer. Where early cloud platform offerings either abstracted everything from the developer (PaaS) or simply mirrored virtual infrastructure provisioning tools (IaaS), today's developers (and development teams) want both abstraction and control but only when and where they need it. This means the line between PaaS and IaaS is falling and frankly may no longer be relevant.


  • Developers have divergent needs from the cloud.
  • The categories of PaaS and IaaS are blurring.
  • Cloud selection should be driven by developer needs.

Vendors mentioned: AWS, Cordys, Engine Yard, GoGrid, Google, IBM, Mendix, Microsoft, Rackspace,, Softlayer, and Verizon.

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