Take Down These SaaS Walls

Michael Vizard

One of the more challenging issues facing IT organizations going into 2010 is trying to figure out how much to rely on software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms to deliver applications versus running those applications on their own internal infrastructure.

But the real question IT organizations might want to ask themselves in 2010 is why they have to make this kind of decision in the first place. In an ideal world, IT organizations should be able to develop an application that can be dynamically deployed as a service or on their own local infrastructure as they see fit.

That's what will ultimately differentiate various platform-as-a-service providers that in 2010 will all be vying to attract corporate developers to their cloud computing services. One of those platforms is from a company called LongJump, which competes with a host of cloud computing platforms that are all trying to expand the reach of SaaS applications. But as LongJump CEO Pankaj Malviya points out, very few of these platforms provide the flexibility that a corporate enterprise is going to need, especially in a new era of virtualization that enables application code to dynamically move anywhere across a network of virtual servers.

LongJump, says Malviya, provides that flexibility by allowing corporate developers to create either browser or rich client applications that can be initially deployed in a cloud, and then with a push of a button, re-hosted to run on local infrastructure. This approach gives IT organizations the flexibility they really need to be ultimately successful in a world where on-premise and SaaS applications are ultimately going to blend.

Malviya adds that IT organizations will increasingly need this type of capability to support the rise of 'disposable' composite applications that end users will want to create, which in all probability will require moving data and application logic back and forth between local servers and clouds.

What's really interesting about all this is it's pretty clear that by this time next year, the whole concept of SaaS could be moot as we move into a new phase of enterprise computing where the walls are defined by the needs of the end user, rather than the underlying architecture.

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Dec 31, 2009 6:12 AM Derek Derek  says:
Excellent post, Mike. One trend we are definitely seeing is that leading IT organizations are looking to provide a greater range of services beyond keeping the infrastructure's lights on. That equates to demonstrating greater proficiency in servicing their clients and understanding their data and process issues, but doing so quickly, cost-effectively, and have it be manageable. Reply
Apr 29, 2010 1:04 PM Anoop Gopikumar Anoop Gopikumar  says:
Nice read and very insightful. Reply
Jul 26, 2010 12:07 AM srinath srinath  says:
I just happen to land on your site quite late, I think. Better late than never. I have been in two minds about developing SaaS applications and your article has given me a better insight. Though, we have been talking about Platform as a service for quite sometime, not many have ventured (at least to my knowledge) beyond SaaS. This sort of opens up new avenues for a young services organization as ours. Thanks for the insight, helped me make my decision. Reply
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