- May 02, 2014

David Linthicum is an internationally known cloud computing visionary, technology innovator, and agent of change. He has been working with GigaOM Research for several years now.  In this report, he puts the spotlight on the PaaS market connections with web APIs, BaaS (Backend as a Service) and DBaaS (DataBase as a Service).

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Following are the summary and a few extracts of the report. Download the full electronic version here.


Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • State of the PaaS Market
  • While PaaS is Lagging Behind IaaS
  • Intersection with the API management
  • Backend-as-a-Service and Database-as-a-Service markets
  • Where the API market is headed – Netflix case study
  • How could PaaS be specialized and leverage web APIs in a way similar to IaaS?
  • Key takeaways


“PaaS is not only about deploying and scaling apps using APIs but also about creating, testing, and debugging those applications, as well as mashing together different web APIs to create new applications for business users.”

“Web APIs are emerging as the best path to provide customized and critical functionality to applications.”




“The demands from the developer seem to be changing. Many now ask for an easy and flexible way to re-expose data contained in their mobile backends. […] What we need is a way to combine the value of BaaS and DBaaS into a single API framework that can be extended, as required, by the application.”

“Netflix has been moving from the more traditional one-size-fits-all approach to leveraging APIs, such as the use of BaaS, to a custom web API approach where Netflix is, in essence, providing a platform to build APIs that fit the exact needs of the user.”

“Solutions are emerging, such as APISpark, that connect existing or new data sources and then generate web APIs. […] Cloud API deployment from common data sources is making API development and deployment quick and easy.”


“Web APIs are emerging as the best path to provide customized and critical functionality to applications, including those built within PaaS systems. By providing the functional equivalent to a PaaS-based API development platform, we provide the ability to create, deploy, and manage APIs as a Service, out of the cloud.”

Read the report and let us know what you think by commenting below. Download the full electronic version here.


The research report was underwritten by Restlet.

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