February 3, 2012 – An increase in enterprise platform as a service adoption last year will lead to greatly expanded offerings, standards and maturity by 2016. Underneath that, however, will be the tension between short-term risk and long-term strategy with the middleware service, according to a new report from Gartner.

The report, “PaaS 2012: Tactical Risks and Strategic Rewards,” reflects on the analyst firm’s expectations of that marketplace during the next few years after what it called a “pivotal” year in 2011 for software vendor announcements and enterprise strategy with PaaS. Gartner defines PaaS as the layer of cloud architecture that contains all application infrastructure services and middleware.

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