Platforms that enable enterprises to build and host custom applications are the next big thing in hosted services, according to Forrester Research, which says the emerging platform-as-a-service sector will move into spaces currently dominated by infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service vendors. "Public cloud platforms are the keys that unlock the flexibility, productivity, and economic advantages of cloud computing," Forrester said in a report on the public-cloud-platform market.

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