The cloud revolution of IT started with the obvious first step: to virtualize computing resources. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds expose vast amounts of resources, on demand, to anyone in the world; and for a fraction of the cost needed if the same resources had to be provisioned otherwise.
However, the vast majority of cloud users do not care about resources as much as they do about their applications and middleware (or stack), which they want to run efficiently and in a scalable manner on top of some IaaS cloud. Enter Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which results in complete stacks of software that can easily be executed and be managed on top of an IaaS. By converting the development and operations (DevOps) actions and software stack configurations into data and code, one can easily "execute" a stack description and realize it using IaaS resources.
IaaS and PaaS work together to make the cloud revolution a reality today. However, the uptake of these two groups of technologies, in order to go mainstream, face various hurdles. For instance, how do we make sure the PaaS applications work in hybrid (private and public) clouds? How do we deal with IaaS failures at the PaaS layer? How to cope with catastrophic failures? And how to allow idiosyncratic platforms to run on PaaS that generally tend to be designed for the mainstream stacks? How to take advantage of new containerization technologies, like Docker?
In this workshop, we have gathered a program committee of mostly industry leaders in the PaaS space, as well as seasoned academic leaders in middleware and systems and cloud research to create a program that will try to explore the current avenues, dead ends, and boulevard, that make the future of PaaS.
March 9-13, 2015 (exact day TBD)
Tempe, Arizona, USA
- Isabelle Rouvellou, IBM Research
- Ignacio Silva-Lepe, IBM Research
- Han Chen, IBM Research
- Michael ("dr.max") Maximilien, IBM Cloud Labs
- James Bayer, Cloud Foundry Product Director, Pivotal
- Michael Behrendt, IBM CTO Office
- Kyle Chard, University of Chicago
- Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology
- Christopher Ferris, IBM Cloud Labs
- Jim Frank, IBM Germany
- Abhijit Hiremagalur, Engineer and Manager, Pivotal
- Dmitryi Kalinin, Engineer and Product Manager, Pivotal
- Nima Kaviani, University of British Columbia
- Chandra Krintz, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Stefan Tai, TU Berlin
- Ajith Ranabahu, Amazon Web Services
- Maria Shaldibina, Engineer, Pivotal
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