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In today’s economy, an enterprise must have strong financial motives for transitioning to SOA. SOA’s superior technical capabilities are a strong motive for information technology professionals to make that transition. However, enterprise stakeholders are motivated by solid investment ...
Rich Internet Applications for the Enterprise (Enterprise RIA) can convey multiple benefits to a business, from lower cost of ownership, overall application availability and better security, to tremendous user experience. But these benefits come at a price: complexity and cost. For ent...
Cloud computing requires a dynamic computing infrastructure. The foundation for the dynamic infrastructure is a standardized, scalable, and secure physical infrastructure. There should be levels of redundancy to ensure high levels of availability, but mostly it must be easy to extend a...
Cloud computing platforms, such as Microsoft Azure, offer compelling advantages for building new scalable .NET applications. But can the Cloud be used for developing existing .NET applications? In this article, I’ll explain how we’ve made the leap to Cloud-based development for our int...
With the explosive growth of Web-based businesses and applications, datacenter workloads have increased exponentially. IT managers are finding it difficult to meet the accelerating demands for performance, capacity, scalability and reliability, while at the same time meeting budgets, m...
Making software is easy. You just collect the market data, generate a high-level technical specification, build the product, and test it. All marketing needs to do is put together some screenshots and sales can just kick back and wait for the orders to start flooding in. Right? Unfortu...
Ever get one of those random phone calls in the midst of your work day that makes you think, huh -- interesting idea? Well earlier today I had one from a guy looking to learn more about cloud computing platforms. Although it ended up he wasn't specifically looking for an elastic comput...
With all the talk of cloud computing with in the U.S. Federal Government lately, it seems to be rubbing off on other governments around the globe. I've recently had conversations with the Canadian, US, UK, UN, and EU governments asking about how they might be able to investigate the cr...
I recently gave a talk at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York about where to begin if you’re building a cloud infrastructure or “Infrastructure-as-a-Service.” The response was great, so I’ll try to summarize the high points here for others who are interested. Whenever we see a “stack ...
There has been a lot of talk this week about a new cloud storage service being rolled out by Google as part of their Google App Engine offering. The announcement was part of a presentation at the Interop Conference in Las Vegas, by Mike Repass, Product Manager at Google who indicated i...
The idea of distributed computational computing isn't new, if anything it is one of the oldest concepts within computing. Recently there has been a renewed buzz within the world of computational computing with the release of Wolfram|Alpha. An on demand computational service with the go...
Cloud computing isn't a management model so much as a software delivery paradigm. What Apple has done with its App Store is show the world that the key to monetizing the cloud is in the delivery of the key applications and assets (music, video, ringtones) through a simple and accessibl...
Cloud Computing – a topic that has been steadily growing in popularity and interest in the IT industry over the past decade – has the potential to significantly change how IT works by offering ready access to new capabilities, less expensive IT resources and unrivaled flexibility for b...
From governments to the ordinary individual the Internet has become central to our personal technological identity. The term "cloud" has become an all encompassing buzz word open to interpretation meaning everything and nothing, meaningful and meaningless.
Following upon VMWare and others, Cisco has announced a new cloud strategy focused on enablement of cloud hosting & service providers. The program called "Unified Service Delivery" focuses on service providers who want to offer cloud services publicly.
Very interesting developments today from the U.S. federal government on cloud computing. Bob Marcus at the OMG has sent me an overview of a White House Cross-Cutting Programs Document released earlier. The document outlines the administration's 2010 budget requests. According to the do...
“I probably wouldn’t put anything mission-critical in the Cloud now.” That’s a recent quote from the CIO of a major consumer brand talking about his enterprise IT infrastructure. The CIO of a consumer e-commerce Web site would be equally nervous about moving its front- or back-end reso...
I've just spend the last two days in Washington DC in conversations with various US government officials regarding the opportunities for cloud computing within the federal government. During these conversations it has become very clear that the topic of "Cloud Computing" is front and c...
A few years ago we were talking about grid computing and Web 2.0 services. Today we talk about Cloud Computing as an evolution of those terms applied to the new technologies usually based on working through a Web browser and the Internet. New books, newspapers, and magazines pushing ...
Traditionally, organizations have had two choices for delivering a PC application: a “fat” PC or server-based terminal services. Terminal services is an approach that hosts the application in an x86 “mainframe” environment, collects keystrokes and mouse clicks from the user, and delive...
It’s a long-standing goal in enterprise networking to cost-effectively converge all local and storage area network (LAN and SAN) traffic on a single powerful infrastructure via one flexible, reliable, high-performance and low-latency protocol. And the future data center will, indeed, o...
I love it when people call me up out of the blue and start to debate whether there is such a thing as a "private cloud". Today is one of those days. I can't help but wonder if these people think that a cloud infrastructure will somehow magically create itself.
"There's a lot of hype over cloud computing, but we're confident that we will have the tools to make the hype a reality and help enterprises leverage this new computing model for all of their applications and with their management and security concerns addressed," says VMware CTO Steve...
As a technology provider that helps application companies embrace cloud computing by virtualizing the applications to run on any cloud, I was a bit disappointed with Google's AppEngine announcement. It appears that Google is embracing the 'walled garden' approach of SalesForce.com and ...
In one of the more interesting posts, Ken Fischer asks a very thought provoking question on his web 2.0 blog, his question is simple yet far reaching, "What would be the economic impact of Google mail going down?"
The question of cloud interoperability does open an interesting point when looking at the concepts of neutrality, in particular to those in the position to influence its outcome. At the heart of this debate was my question of whether anyone or anything can be be truly neutral? Or is th...
The excitement around virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is being tempered by the concern that VDI can’t be cost-justified if it doesn’t completely transform traditional desktop management – and by the belief that the only way to achieve this is with stateless desktops. The bad news ...
In an effort to encourage standards and interoperability, the cloud computing community is currently discussing architectural ontologies. Core to most approaches is an assumption of open access, public Internet connectivity and security provisioning by the cloud service provider. Solut...
Often when those who say the cloud is too early or not ready for wide scale enterprise usage they point to "security" as being a key concern. Although they are quick to point out the security of a third-party provider is an obvious point of weakness, they typically lack any specific ex...
We all take for granted that our online applications at home will perform the instant we need them. Whether it's Voice over IP, video on-demand, gaming, or other applications, we have instantaneous, high-speed access, anytime. In this environment, IT managers are now facing the questio...
For a long time we have known that corporate use of PCs is inefficient and overly expensive: analysts estimate that a typical PC costs around three times as much as its purchase price to manage over the PC’s lifetime. But, until recently, there has been little that organizations could ...
A few weeks ago I talked about the coming cloud computing war by discussing the formation of multi-vendor cloud-driven alliances and their implications for the IT industry. Now that Cisco has announced its unified computing initiative which includes Nehalem blade servers and IBM is no...
Cloud computing refers to the practice of leveraging third-party computing resources, such as network grids and server farms, to extend IT capabilities and reduce the cost of ownership. This practice offers numerous potential benefits to organizations that want to centralize software a...
A mid-sized on-premise ERP software company has used Salesforce.com to manage its sales process for two years. As a rapidly growing, recently public company, the manual processes used to manage sales and fulfillment that were originally more than adequate showed signs of strain: Accoun...
Software-as-a-Service brings together many of the best characteristics of corporate IT systems and the Internet to form a new method of software delivery that is reliable, flexible and cost effective; however, this model is not without its challenges, particularly with regard to profit...
I had the opportunity to attend Cloud Computing Conference and Expo last week in the Big Apple. I had a very specific objective: To determine what Cloud Computing really was and, more important, what the future of block storage in the cloud was. I was looking to have a one-on-one with ...
One of the key concepts to consider when talking about services and cloud computing is the notion of coupling. We need to focus on this since, in many instances, coupling is not a good architectural choice considering that the services are not only hosted within separate data centers, ...
There is a lot going on in the cloud computing space, and SOA is clearly along for the ride. Indeed, there are many things that cloud computing providers (and that’s a rather big category these days) and those building SOAs can learn from each other. I’m just scratching the surface her...
We've discussed some best practices that can be used as the foundation to a cloud computing strategy. To ensure the success of cloud computing initiatives, it's important to discriminate between the hype and the reality but also realize the barrier to entry is low. Don't worry about mi...
Arguably the biggest buzz word so far in 2009 isn't cloud computing, but instead the term "unified". As some of you may have seen earlier this week Cisco announced a new server centric strategy which is underpinned by the use of a methodology. Cisco's new computing mantra is being appl...


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