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Many enterprises will use one PaaS solution and application containers in a similar way to which they use VMs, running legacy code with minimum changes. Some mistakenly believe that implementing a specific technology will result in the right design, but nothing could be further from the truth.


  • The layered technology architecture increasingly contains multiple PaaS solutions and is container-centric.

Features and Benefits

  • A layered and services-based architecture can provide the required flexibility.
  • The adoption of a containerization layer is gathering momentum.

Key questions answered

  • Why an agile IT architecture is needed.
  • How PaaS can be abstracted from various infrastructure resources.

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

A layered and services-based architecture can provide the required flexibility

  • An agile IT architecture is needed
  • A services-based architecture is a way of meeting future demands

PaaS abstraction can provide more choice

  • PaaS can be abstracted from various infrastructure resources
  • PaaS should be able to utilize third-party infrastructure

The adoption of a containerization layer is gathering momentum

  • Enterprise IT will remain heterogeneous and hybrid
  • A multimodal approach to platforms focuses above and below the container/virtualization layer


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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