About this Constellation ShortList

When CxOs decide to build next-generation applications for their organizations, they have the option between packaged PaaS tool suites that provide separate, atomic offerings with separate versions or PaaS suites that allow install/product/services and offerings as a single suite with a defined version/release number. 

While both can build the same use cases, the path, value proposition and licensing are fundamentally different. PaaS suites allow for a version-based installation, training, certification and build platform, which offers a more shrink-wrapped, repeatable and scalable experience for the enterprise. PaaS suites usually allow for building new offerings faster as they don’t have to integrate and test all services with each other. On the flip side, it is not always easy to replace a functional member and/or product in a PaaS suite, even to the point that a replacement is not possible. Leaders need to be aware of these tradeoffs. Finally, CxOs should also look at the Constellation Shortlist for PaaS Tool Suites. 

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • More than 1K production installs
  • Over 500 production installs in at least three of the Constellation 7 Next Gen Application use cases
  • Customers on at least three continents
  • Availability on at least three continents
  • Some CI/CD support 
  • Some HA/DR for production applications 

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates over 15 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • Apprenda Cloud Platform
  • IBM Cloud (formerly Bluemix)
  • Pivotal Cloud Foundry
  • Red Hat OpenShift
  • SAP Cloud Platform
  • Siemens (via Mendix)

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed. 

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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