The Power of Private PaaS in DevOps with Gene Kim


When it comes to cloud computing, IT staff finds it challenging to adapt the changing project requirement, budget changes, change in the cloud model and in terms of how they manage IT. Luckily, Private Platform as a Service (PaaS) empowers IT and DevOps to take control and develop, deploy, and shift applications from one cloud environment to another on a multitenant architecture.

Last week, Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project gave insights on how private PaaS  enables development on various cloud infrastructures in a webinar with Steven Witkop, John Skovron, and Elis Booker. Kim said how organizations can create stronger business synergy through continuous delivery via DevOps.

Gene Kim provided that private PaaS enables development on any cloud anywhere and how it becomes easy for IT and DevOps teams to measure performance of implementing DevOps along with indicators for success. Kim noted there are constraints in implementing DevOps in terms of provision of cloud environment, initial setup to do dry test, change in cloud architecture and development and product management of a project. A successful private PaaS fits into DevOps if these constraints should be addresses in sequence.

“The most powerful thing that organization can do is to make enable the development testing against environment when they need it,” said Kim.

Steven Witkop, Tooling Chief Architect at HP Enterprise Services, shared that IT organizations are more routinely creating composite applications but within enterprises there are different silos components written in multiple programming languages. What organizations don’t want to do is transfer the mess of porting applications across multiple and disparate infrastructure levels that may cause enterprises to re-evaluate their processes from the top down. Organizations have gain confidence to invest in DevOps and looking to private PaaS as an option to streamlining development and operations.

John Skovron, Sr. Director of Engineering at Tibco, gave insights the value proposition of private PaaS, which include increasing the speed of environment provisioning and deployment; and integrating with the existing software stacks already in use by customers.

The panels shared that private PaaS clearly demarcates the authority of developers. Private PaaS provides developers unlimited freedom within their application containers and use the resources allotted to them and DevOps remain in control of those allotted resources.

Some of the other topics discussed in the Google+ Hangout webinar included the need for consistent environments, speed of application-centric portability and private PaaS implementation.