Federal agencies that use platform-as-a-service in their cloud computing strategy can cut development costs by 50 percent, according to a recently released white paper by NJVC and Virtual Global.
In “Platform as a Service (PaaS): What Is It? Why Is It So Important?,” authors Kevin Jackson and Cary Landis outline why they believe PaaS is the new way to integrate software into the cloud.
Jackson, NJVC’s cloud services general manager, told TheNewNewInternet PaaS is sandwiched between infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service.
“It’s the infrastructure for your software,” Jackson said.
Cary Landis, senior platform architect and founder of Virtual Global, said PaaS is used as a tool to create SaaS.
“It’s custom software development on the cloud,” Landis said. “The practical application is all the software developers that do work for the federal government can create custom software using those tools.
“It’s a way to build custom software in the federal government faster.”
Jackson said agencies’ needs overlap one another and FedRAMP will make it easier to share services that meet similar needs across agencies.
Similar to VanRoekel’s idea of streamlining cloud computing procurement processes and efficiency, Jackson calls for the government to use an infrastructure-independent PaaS.
Jackson said shared services and PaaS can cut costs and knock down stove pipe systems, which Jackson says are one-off systems.
“They write it once, they develop it once, it takes years to build,” Jackson said. “One off is an extremely high risk. Those are the highest risk projects in the federal government.”
“The PaaS market is a highly complex market to enter and a highly complex market to understand, except it’s a high benefit solution at the same time,” Landis said. “We think that we’re doing some things that are profound that going to make a major impact here.”