In my second assignment, I studied and reviewed Containerization and the PaaS Cloud by Claus Pahl, a paper covering the requirements for developing a distributed multi-cloud platform for applications – That being, a Platform-as-a-Service system. Primairly, the paper was a collaboration of exploratory research and secondary research, with the author helping to clarify the different fundemental technologies present within such a system and the requirements for such a system to operate well.
Exploratory research is research undertaken to develop a fundemental, preliminary understanding of the field of research it covers, helping others to then specialize their research questions and to build the language neccessary to convey information about it amongst a field. Secondary research, on the other hand, is research which collates prior findings from other studies and brings them together, providing the reader with a wider understanding of the literature present on the field in question, allowing them to progress further with their own studies into the field or in establishing a base-line of understanding to undertake work with the highlighted elements.
I believe that the choice of using both exploratory research and secondary research for this paper was perfect for its intent. Whilst a small amount of experimential research appears to have been performed by the author, the paper on the whole achieves its goal of outlining the requirements for such a system, and will prove to be a valuable reference document in regards to finding academic sources (the citations) and as a starting point for a potential project. The reason I believe this was a good idea for the project as that the usage of secondary research is to explain why the highlighted requirements by the author are as they are and whilst first-hand experimential research may have provided the same results, the level of citations from differing publications helps enforce the statements the author makes throughout the article.
Regarding a research method that I will make use of in my own research, secondary research will very much be a fundemental corner stone of whatever project I decide to embark upon. The fields of PaaS and cloud infrastructure as a whole are reasonably developed at this time academically and in enterprise, so to ignore the workings of others in this field would be a lost opportunity.