As a technology in the enterprise, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments still have a long way to go before they see mass adoption. For the most part, IT organizations continue to rely on application servers rather than opting to deploy applications on PaaS environments that abstract away a fair amount of the underlying complexity of the IT environment.
The reason for this has more to do with the inertia associated with existing application development methodologies and processes rather than the actual PaaS technology itself. But armed with $11 million in additional funding that it revealed today, CloudBees is betting that a much larger shift to PaaS environments in the enterprise is about to get under way.
CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey says the primary driver of that adoption is going to be the need for continuous delivery application updates based on technologies such as Jenkins, an open source continuous integration tool that is being rapidly adopted by application developers.
Interest in continuous delivery, says Labourey, is being driven by the need to bring applications to market faster, especially when it involves mobile computing and other classes of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Labourey says most of those applications are going to be built in the cloud, which is the reason why CloudBees has been focused on forming alliances with cloud service providers that essentially create ecosystem around the CloudBees PaaS environment.
Primarily focused on Java applications, Labourey says that going forward, CloudBees will put more focus on other programming languages such as PHP. In the meantime, Labourey says CloudBees will use a fair amount of the additional funding to add more tools that allow organizations to manage the continuous delivery of applications because, when all is said and done, PaaS is really a means to achieving that end.