Platform-as-a-service application Cloud Foundry allows users to compute and interface with underlying infrastructure directly within the cloud. PaaS applications have been gaining in popularity in recent years, and Microsoft is trying to capitalize on that by announcing support for Cloud Foundry and other PaaS solutions, according to Business Cloud News.

The open source cloud computing platform will now be supported by Microsoft’s Azure service, allowing customers to utilize Cloud Foundry computing tools via the Azure interface. Microsoft claims the shift to Azure will be good for its customers who manage multi-cloud and hybrid cloud deployments. Along with Cloud Foundry, Microsoft also plans to begin support for other third-party PaaS applications, including Jeltastic and Apprenda. The company planned to roll out beta testing near the end of June or beginning of July.

Platform-as-a-service applications like Cloud Foundry allow users to compute within a cloud environment.Platform-as-a-service applications like Cloud Foundry allow users to compute within a cloud environment.

What does PaaS allow you to do?
Whereas infrastructure-as-a-service provides virtual access to physical equipment and computing power in a data center environment, PaaS computing happens within a cloud space connected to a vendor platform like Microsoft Azure. PaaS applications generally offer storage, database, information and process as part of the service, according to InfoWorld contributor Martin Heller. For enterprises that want to run PaaS, Cloud Foundry offers full support.

“IaaS applications remain the way to go for enterprises.”

IaaS vs. PaaS: Where should enterprises turn?
With the cloud managed services market expected to reach a value of $118 billion by 2020, according to a recent report by MarketsandMarkets, companies are trying to capitalize on the many uses of cloud computing. In the years to come, however, the benefits of cloud computing will remain the same. Increased computing power for enterprises and money saved in infrastructure management remain the most important advantages of the cloud, no matter which service – infrastructure or platform – is utilized.

Therefore, cloud computing is becoming even more prevalent and necessary for organizations. Microsoft’s decision to support third-party PaaS offerings may indicate a shift in the industry itself toward more PaaS-specific vendors. However, IaaS solutions aren’t going anywhere – in fact, they continually show a stronger impact than PaaS. According to RightScale’s 2015 State of the Cloud Survey, 70 percent of respondents use IaaS, whereas only 16 percent use PaaS. In addition, the majority of PaaS users had a dedicated IaaS solution as well. These numbers indicate that IaaS applications remain the way to go for enterprises.