Daniel Saks

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Cloud computing offers almost limitless possibilities for innovation and growth. It also provides fodder for endless debates about the pros and cons of hosted and on-premise software deployments. In one corner, you have the advocates of hosting software in the public cloud who argue that it offers better flexibility and scalability. In the other corner, you have proponents of private, on-premise deployments who counter that this approach is more secure and offers greater control. The growing popularity of cloud service marketplaces - application stores that offer a range of cloud-based software and services - is adding a new dimension to these familiar arguments. Which type of deployment, public or private cloud, is best for marketplaces like these? It's an important question, since deciding where to host an application store can impact the entire ecosystem for clou... (more)