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Title The Building Blocks of a PaaS
Author Cláudio Teixeira, Joaquim Sousa Pinto, Ricardo Azevedo, Tiago Simões Batista, André Monteiro
Journal International Journal of Network Management
Volume 22
Number 1
Pages 75-99
Month January
Year 2013
DOI 10.1007/s10922-012-9260-2
Group (before 2015) Information Systems and Telematics Laboratory
Indexed by ISI Yes


Traditional cloud computing providers enable developers to program and deploy applications in the cloud by using platform as a service (PaaS) providers. Despite the benefits of such an approach, this service model usually comes with a high level of the lock in effect into the service provider. The lock in effect occurs when a software developer needs to change its cloud provider. When this happens, it usually means a major application rewrite, specific for the new PaaS. This paper details the initial results of a project whose goal is to build a PaaS where vendor lock in does not occur. With this PaaS, developers wishing to deploy their applications into the cloud may continue to program using their usual development environments. There are no necessary changes required to make the application PaaS compatible. As a proof of concept, we developed an open source PaaS management application as a regular web application and then deployed it on the cloud.