About this Constellation ShortList

When CxOs have to choose platforms to build next-generation applications for their organizations, they have the choice 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 suite on a single version. 

While both can build the same use cases, the path, value proposition and licensing are fundamentally different. PaaS tool suites allow for a “Chinese Menu” style selection across a wide variety of tools. This offers more flexibility in the uptake of different tools and services but puts the selection and integration risk on the enterprise selecting them for each use case. PaaS Tool Suites usually allow for building new offerings faster as they don’t have to integrate and test all services with each other. That burden falls on enterprises, and while vendors in general do a good job making sure offerings work together, it is a tradeoff CxOs need to make. Leaders should also look at the Constellation Shortlist for PaaS Suites.   

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • More than 1k production installs
  • Over 750 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 
  • Some DevOps support

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.

  • AWS 
  • Google Cloud Platform 
  • Microsoft Azure 
  • Oracle Cloud Platform 
  • Salesforce Platform (Force and Heroku)

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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