Platform as a service heats up

It's still a tiny market, but it's growing as vendors consolidate and more users give PaaS a try.

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The platform-as-a-service market is still tiny, but it's growing as vendors consolidate and more users decide give PaaS a try. Insider (registration required)

Of all the members of the cloud services family, platform as a service has been the slowest to grow and is the one that enterprises have had the most trouble adopting, despite its benefits. But experts think PaaS might soon shake its reputation as an underachiever.

Gartner estimates that worldwide PaaS revenue reached $1.2 billion in 2012, up just a bit from $900 million in 2011. That's peanuts compared to the $109 billion that the researchers estimated for 2012 from all hosted services, including software as a service.

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