What is Platform as a Service and cloud middleware?

Open platforms, development facilities, standalone and application delivery-only environments will all be considered.

  1. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud computing service model that provides a platform or environment for developers to build, deploy, and manage applications. It abstracts the underlying infrastructure and provides a range of tools, services, and frameworks to support application development. PaaS enables developers to focus on writing code and designing applications without the need to manage the underlying hardware, networking, and infrastructure components. It provides features such as runtime environments, development frameworks, databases, storage, and other essential resources to facilitate application development and deployment in the cloud.
  2. Cloud Middleware, also known as cloud integration middleware or cloud application middleware, refers to a specific layer or component within a cloud computing architecture. It acts as an intermediary between different applications, services, or components in a cloud environment, facilitating communication, integration, and interaction between them. Cloud middleware provides a set of services, tools, and functionalities that enhance interoperability, scalability, and performance within a cloud computing environment. It enables seamless integration between cloud-based applications, services, and systems, allowing them to exchange data and messages efficiently. Cloud middleware solutions often include features like data transformation, messaging, routing, service orchestration, and API management to enable seamless connectivity and integration between diverse cloud-based components.

In summary, Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud computing service model that provides a platform or environment for application development, deployment, and management. Cloud Middleware, on the other hand, refers to the specific layer or component within a cloud architecture that facilitates integration, communication, and interoperability between cloud-based applications, services, and systems.

Previous recognition for Best Platform as a Service / Cloud Middleware

For a broader understanding of this Cloud Awards category, we have gathered examples from previous winners, finalists, and shortlistees which impressed the judging team with their innovative PaaS and/or cloud middleware.

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Best Platform as a Service / Cloud Middleware

Lead Judge Richard Geary, said:

At The Cloud Awards, we recognize that modern businesses run on a complex web of processes that can be impossibly hard to understand. Celonis‘ cloud-based approach of using data, intelligence, and automated actions to find and fix inefficiencies in these processes really wowed the judges. Well done, Celonis! 

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Best Platform as a Service / Cloud Middleware

Lead Judge Richard Geary, said:

SnapLogic is an impressive self-service integration platform. At the Cloud Awards we were amazed with the Iris AI engine, which has the ability to make any busy developer look like a hero, massively increasing the speed and quality of integrations.”

Finalist of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Best Platforms as a Service / Cloud Middleware

Platform.sh is a cloud hosting platform that provides Platform as a Service (PaaS) and offers a robust solution for managing web applications. It focuses on streamlining the development, deployment, and scaling of web projects, making it easier for development teams to collaborate and manage their applications.

Platform.sh is designed to support a wide range of programming languages, frameworks, and content management systems, including PHP, Node.js, Python, Drupal, WordPress, and more. It abstracts away the infrastructure complexities, allowing developers to focus on their code and application logic rather than managing servers.

Shortlistee of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Best Platform as a Service / Cloud Middleware

Boomi enables users to integrate various applications, databases, and systems using pre-built connectors and integration templates. It supports both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premises integrations.

The platform allows users to transform and map data between different formats and standards, ensuring seamless data flow across integrated systems. Boomi enables the creation of automated workflows and business processes, helping to improve efficiency and reduce manual tasks.


A strong entry for the Best Platform as a Service / Cloud Middleware category should have:

  1. Robust Integration Capabilities: The entry should highlight the platform’s strong integration capabilities, including support for various protocols, data formats, and communication patterns. It should showcase features like message brokering, API management, data transformation, and seamless connectivity with different cloud services and applications.
  2. Scalability and Performance: The platform should demonstrate the ability to handle high workloads and scale resources dynamically. It should showcase features such as auto-scaling, load balancing, and efficient resource allocation to ensure optimal performance even under heavy usage.
  3. Developer-Friendly Tools and APIs: The entry should emphasize the availability of developer-friendly tools, software development kits (SDKs), and APIs that simplify the development and deployment of applications on the platform. It should showcase a comprehensive set of tools, documentation, and code samples that enable developers to quickly build and integrate applications.
  4. Workflow Orchestration and Automation: The platform should offer robust workflow orchestration capabilities, enabling users to automate complex business processes and integration flows. It should support visual workflow design, rule-based routing, event-driven processing, and monitoring capabilities to streamline and optimize business processes.
  5. Security and Compliance: The entry should highlight the platform’s robust security features and compliance capabilities. It should showcase encryption, secure authentication and authorization mechanisms, data privacy controls, and compliance with relevant industry standards and regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive data and adherence to compliance requirements.
  6. Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Support: The platform should demonstrate the ability to seamlessly integrate with hybrid and multi-cloud environments. It should offer connectors, adapters, and integration frameworks that facilitate interoperability between on-premises systems, public clouds, and other cloud service providers.
  7. Monitoring and Analytics: The entry should showcase advanced monitoring and analytics capabilities to provide insights into the performance, utilization, and health of the platform and integrated applications. It should include real-time monitoring, dashboards, alerting mechanisms, and analytics tools that enable users to proactively identify and address performance issues and bottlenecks.
  8. Extensibility and Customization: The platform should allow users to extend its capabilities and customize integration workflows according to specific business requirements. It should provide extensibility options such as custom connectors, plugins, and user-defined functions that enable users to tailor the platform to their unique integration needs.
  9. Vendor Support and Reputation: The entry should highlight the vendor’s track record and reputation in providing reliable and responsive customer support. It should showcase positive customer testimonials, case studies, and evidence of successful implementations to demonstrate the platform’s effectiveness and the vendor’s commitment to customer satisfaction.
  10. Innovation and Future Roadmap: The entry should showcase the platform’s commitment to innovation and its future roadmap for continuous improvement. It should highlight advancements in technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and event-driven architectures, as well as plans for introducing new features, services, and integrations to stay ahead of evolving integration challenges.

By highlighting these attributes, a strong entry for the “Best Platform as a Service / Cloud Middleware” category positions the platform as a comprehensive, scalable, secure, and developer-friendly solution that excels in enabling seamless integration and orchestration across diverse cloud and on-premises environments.

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