February #cloudchat: Is PaaS more than just IaaS+?

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There is, perhaps, no more hotly discussed cloud computing service model today than platform as a service (PaaS).

More than one media outlet has called 2014 “The Year of PaaS” over the last couple of months. (Then again, 2011, 2012 and 2013 also carried that label.) Others, like Network World, have raised the question of whether it’s “dying.” Others say it isn’t dying, but rather “becoming part of IaaS.”

Whatever your feelings on the subject, one thing is clear: PaaS has changed, is changing and will continue to evolve—and grow. IDC predicts the PaaS market will grow to $14 billion by 2017.

While reports of PaaS dying may be greatly exaggerated, in just what direction is it headed? That’s what we’ll aim to discuss during Thursday’s #cloudchat. We’re very excited to welcome an all-star panel to drive the conversation. Meet them below, follow them on Twitter and (most importantly) join them for Thursday’s #cloudchat at 4 p.m. ET.

Dana GardnerDana Gardner, president and principal analyst, Interarbor Solutions


Judith HurwitzJudith Hurwitz, president & CEO, Hurwitz & Associates


Clint OramClint Oram, co-founder & CEO, SugarCRM


Andy PiperAndy Piper, developer advocate, Cloud Foundry


Chris RileyChris Riley, tech evangelist, Cloudshare


Roger StrukhoffRoger Strukhoff, executive director, Tau Institute for Global ICT Research


As always, here’s the full rundown of how the #cloudchat works:

What: A Twitter chat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.

When: Thursday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.

Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on Twubs. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.

Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.

Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!

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