This IDC study represents a vendor assessment of the public deployment-centric cloud application platform component of the platform-as-a-service market through the IDC MarketScape model. This assessment discusses both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that explain a vendor's success in this market. This IDC MarketScape covers a variety of vendors participating in the deployment-centric subset of the overall platform-as-a-service market. The evaluation is based on a comprehensive and rigorous framework that assesses vendors relative to the criteria and one another and highlights the factors expected to be the most influential for success in the market, both short term and long term.
"Results of IDC's cloud computing research over the past three years show that demand for applications is growing and tools for developers are a differentiator for cloud service providers to meet customer expectations," says Larry Carvalho, research manager, Platform as a Service for IDC. "Customers have to continuously evaluate the effect of new cloud technology on platform services while choosing vendors to meet the evolving business needs. Although we will see changes in the way platform as a service is delivered and adopted, overall growth will stay the same."