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No slouch to the cloud model, PayPal has deployed a private PaaS, which is giving developers a simple way to build new products.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) has gotten lots of attention usage from developers looking for easy ways to build and run applications. PayPal sees lots of value in the PaaS model, too.

But rather than run on shared infrastructure, it’s chosen to make developers lives easier while deploying PaaS on premise, explained Ryan Granard, PayPal’s vice president of platform engineering, at GigaOM’s Structure conference on Thursday.

Companies big and little have been jumping aboard the concept of on-premise PaaS, to some degree because security, regulatory compliance and cloud vendor lock-in fears remain part of the conversation about running on public infrastructure.

How is PayPal going about this? It’s been running Red Hat’s OpenShift on-premise PaaS to build out products such as PayPal Here — the company’s answer to Square — as well as a developer sandbox.

With that tool, Granard said, a developer chooses a product to work on “and in minutes, we have you up and running in a fully connected container” with infrastructure resources immediately allocated.

Developers don’t need to worry about whether those resources are being managed in a VMware tools or with OpenStack, both of which PayPal is using internally, Granard said.

Granard acknowledged that public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) can be useful for bursting when demand spikes, although he said PayPal has not identified any IaaS vendor that can stand up to the company’s needs on security and reliability and simplicity.

It’s possible that could change, though. “Our answer is to partner, and partner in the PayPal way, which is we come together and we look for shared roadmap opportunities,” Granard said. “We really try to develop together. In other words, PayPal and, say, Amazon Web Services (AWS) could sit down and whip up a public cloud that could meet PayPal’s needs. And that scenario is conceivable.

“We get asked to put the cloud in every country. Everyone wants Amazon to be everywhere,” Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels said during a Structure talk on Wednesday.

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  1. Very interesting. Thanks Ryan

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  2. Tommy Griffiths Friday, June 21, 2013

    Ryan clearly articulates a complex concept.

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