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Servoy PaaS and possible platforms

Postby Bernd.N » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:57 am

On last Servoy World, one main theme in the keynote, regarding the future path of Servoy, was about PaaS (Platform as a Service).
Microsoft was also at Servoy World and talked about Azure.

Today I compared the price lists of a dedicated server hosting company (Host Europe) and Azure, and found that Azure is way more pricey, when you just compare RAM, core numbers and size of the disk.
(Please excuse when I compared apples with pears in your opinion.)

But I wonder in case Servoy goes very close (maybe exclusive) towards Azure as its platform, that hosting our solutions on an integrated Servoy-PaaS-platform would be quite costly, and therefore no more competitive.
However it would certainly be nice when the setup of a new server with our own solutions would just be a matter of minutes.
But I would like to suggest that also regarding PaaS, Servoy stays independent of any vendor.
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Re: Servoy PaaS and possible platforms

Postby Jan Aleman » Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:48 pm

Is competitive your main concern here? What do you consider competitive?

Would you find a % of app (like Apple 30%, force.com 25%) more attractive? Or a fixed price for the actual hardware+software stacks delivered?

We havent made any choices yet but most probably it will be just a Servoy Cloud. Without any concern for what is underneath it: whether that is azure, ibm, aws or anybody should not be different or a concern.
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Re: Servoy PaaS and possible platforms

Postby Bernd.N » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:14 pm

Hi Jan,

as I said, I certainly do not want to compare apples with pears, so one should first look at a complete list of all added values that comes with a PaaS platform (like marketing benefits, build-in-replication maybe, etc.).

If the main difference would be that a PaaS just is faster in setup (like creating a Servoy server in 5 minutes instead of 2 hours), a typical ISV would have problems to accept a monthly fee that is 2 or 3 times as much as that of a normal hosting company. At least that was my impression when I compared prices from Azure with those of Host Europe.

You are right, those app-platform-percentages that Apple or force.com demand do not fit for the typical Servoy ISV, who usually offers large and complex business applications. It is a complete other business model, the ISV has a much closer relationship than the app-programmer, whose customers download an app for 5$ and then stop using it after some weeks in case they do not like it.

The relationship of an ISV with his customers lasts typically 5 to 20 years, if not more when all is going fine. Large American concerns like Microsoft switch their strategy and their underlying technology very fast and often, and sometimes do not care that mission critical business applications above all need continuity. So an open-source-strategy that we ISVs depend on, in order not to rely on those IT giants, needs to be escorted by an open-platform strategy.

Salesforce for example switched off non-Microsoft email interfaces suddenly due to strategic reasons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salesforce.com#Salesforce_for_Outlook
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