Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/25/paas_lewisham/
Why and when choose PaaS?
Reg reader spills beans...cleans up
Broadcast If you were to draw a systems-stack view of cloud services, ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) is the layer between ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) and ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS). Of all the ‘C word’ offerings, it is arguably the least well understood.
Sure, most people can get the gist of PaaS - a hosted service that allows you to develop and run applications specifically designed for the cloud - but do they get the point of it? And when, exactly, does it make sense to to build your own app purely for the cloud?
This is one of the questions we’ll tackle today, 25 March, at 15:00 GMT in the Reg studios..
We’ve got Reg reader Nigel Tyrell, head of environmental services at Lewisham Council, talking about how he’s deployed a PaaS based application to support the ‘Love Clean London’ initiative, announced by Boris Johnson  earlier this month.
Nigel is joined by The Register’s own Tim Phillips, who is your host for the event. Dale Vile, from Freeform Dynamics is there, and Michael Newbury from Microsoft.
The four will run through Nigel’s experiences and talk about the lessons that can be learned about where PaaS is relevant and real world stuff to consider in order to make it work. If that sounds like just the thing you need to help you through the cloud hype, join us right here .
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