Cloud Systems Are Becoming More Attractive to Developers

Of course, cloud development is nothing new, but let’s look into the near future to measure the importance of SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS for third-party development.

The IT industry is known for using terminologies that are hyped. In some cases, it appears that renaming an old approach with a catchier name leads to an increased usage of that old approach. In reality, however, more things have changed than just the name. “The cloud” has become increasingly popular as a term, although many developers have been using some sort of remote, scalable, hosted service for decades. But the cloud environments that are being built today, are really game-changers.

I am very fortunate to be in close contact with engineers working on the biggest cloud systems. At Gluon, we have a SaaS product called Gluon CloudLink, which allows enterprise developers to extend their enterprise services into mobile apps. We offer Gluon CloudLink as a SaaS, and the service itself is hosted on AWS EC2 instances, using Amazon services as RDS and DynamoDB.

As a SaaS provider, the advantage of hosting your SaaS solution in a cloud environment is that developers can access it, regardless where their own infrastructure is hosted. While that sounds great, there is also a downside. Companies that require an IT infrastructure are often a customer with one of the bigger cloud providers, e.g. Amazon, Pivotal, Oracle, Google, IBM, Microsoft. Those companies have a trust relationship and a single account with that provider. While they can shop for third-party services and easily do a technical integration, it requires them to setup a separate billing process.