Worldwide platform-as-a-service revenue is on pace to reach $1.2 billion in 2012, up from $900 million in 2011, according to new research from Gartner. The market will experience consistent growth, the firm says, with worldwide PaaS revenue totaling $1.5 billion in 2013 and growing to $2.9 billion in 2016.

The category of PaaS includes suites of application infrastructure services, such as application platforms-as-a-service (aPaaS) and integration platforms-as-a-service (iPaaS); as well as specialist application infrastructure services, such as database platform-as-a-service, business process management platform-as-a-service, messaging-as-a-service and other functional types of middleware offered as a cloud service.

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