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4 5 Volume 3 access to container-based infrastructure. It hosts, orchestrates, schedules, scales and ensures the reliability of containers. It may also provide other capabilities, such as monitoring, load balancing and securing container communications. “For advanced technical teams a container service may be better than a PaaS framework for the desired balance between developer productivity, breadth of viable application architectures, IT operations control, and the complexity of implementation,” said Lydia Leong, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “A container service is also a relatively inexpensive acquisition alternative to PaaS frameworks.” Through 2018, more than 80 percent of organizations that deploy or assemble self-managed PaaS frameworks will not achieve the expected cloud PaaS experience. By investing in cloud platforms, enterprise IT leaders are seeking some or all of the key benefits of cloud for their new IT initiatives. However, in the next three years, many self-managed private PaaS initiatives will fail to meet the IT organization leadership’s expectations of cloud characteristics. The tension between the forces in favor of private PaaS and those demanding the full public cloud experience will intensify as self-managed private cloud disappoints. Managed private (or public) PaaS will emerge as best practices. “Success with a private cloud (including PaaS) requires a recognition of the essential cultural and organizational changes to IT organizations, as well as technology changes,” said Yefim V. Natis, vice president and Gartner Fellow. “Lacking this understanding leads many organizations to stop their PaaS investment at the point of technology deployment — leading to disappointing results down the road.” By 2019, a mandatory capability for the top five aPaaS providers will be the delivery of both high-productivity and high-control PaaS options. Large organizations facing a variety of requirements in the bimodal world will prefer aPaaS suites that can provide integrated high-control and high-productivity capabilities and, as such, these service providers will receive preferential treatment in the market. Combined capabilities will become a requirement for aPaaS market leadership. More detailed analysis is available in the report “Predicts 2016: PaaS Innovation Continues Unabated.” Page 25 April 2016 Edition Gartner analysts will discuss the challenges around postmodern application integration at the Gartner Application, Architecture, Development & Integration Summits 2016, May 23-24 in London and July 25-26 in Sydney and the Gartner Application Strategies & Solutions Summit 2016, December 6-8 in Las Vegas. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 7,600 associates, including more than 1,600 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.