Cloud Computing was viewed through the lens of reducing complexity and cost
within data centers at a recent event in Toronto, during which IBM Canada's
Jim Elliott proclaimed Linux as cloud's "past, present, and future." He
noted that Linux was certainly not a requirement for large cloud
installations, but that its already widespread use by leaders such as Yahoo
and Google confirmed Linux's popularity due to its scalability, flexibility,
security, "ecosystem," and of course,licensing terms.
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Implicit in this message was that the success experienced by the major
server-farm companies--which will also likely be the major outsourced cloud
providers--can be shared by companies who are considering their own private
Cloud Computing infrastructures. Elliott's talk addressed the consolidation
of physical inf... (more)
After IMPACT 2007 in Orlando, Java Developer's Journal had the opportunity to
talk with Sandy Carter about IBM's new SOA announcements at the event, as she
is responsible for driving IBM's cross-company, worldwide SOA marketing
JDJ: Please outline for us the new SOA roadmaps that IBM announced at the
recent IMPACT event in Orlando. What do they contain? Are they targeted at
vertical markets, and, if so, how else are they targeted?
Sandy Carter: IBM has just announced eight new industry-specific SOA Roadmaps
spanning six industries. Each of the SOA roadmaps contains a business
blueprint, which helps customers map the business side of an SOA strategy,
and an industry-specific framework, which includes core technology used to
execute the business blueprint. The new SOA Roadmaps focus on critical
business process areas within a given industry. Some examples... (more)
From the first days of Rich Internet Application (RIA) technology, many
enthusiasts found an analogy between RIA and service-oriented architecture
(SOA). Some of them talked about the benefits of a would-be-wonderful use of
SOA in RIA; others saw RIA as a SOA face. Nonetheless, there are experts who
see a discrepancy between RIA and SOA concepts.
The major disagreement between RIA and SOA is in the fine-grained operations
in RIA and the coarse-grained type of interfaces of SOA business services.
Let's take a closer look at this problem.
In a glance we can see that the RIA spectrum is wide. It includes
applications with interfaces for information reporting, modifying predefined
business data, collecting and inserting new data into the systems, fast and
frequent exchange of information in social/community-oriented Internet
applications, and setting commands in the pr... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that Maxworks to exhibit at the upcoming SOA
World Conference & Expo 2009 East. The 15th International SOA World
Conference will take place June 22-23, 2009, in New York City.
Maxworks is a leading opensource SOA Solutions Provider. Maxworks combines
Java, opensource technologies, service oriented architecture (SOA) and
Incremental delivery methods to produce solutions for its clients.The
company's SOA solutions realize high value business synergies that run on
license free Opensource middleware. Incremental delivery of SOA solutions
reduces software development risks. Maxworks' SOA Road Map, Training, and
Software Development services used in concert, can help clients overcome the
overhead caused by SOA.
15th International SOA World Conference & Expo
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is actively enabling component reuse
today and he... (more)
This guest post comes courtesy of ZapThink. Ron Schmelzer is a senior analyst
at ZapThink. You can reach him here.
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By Ron Schmelzer
There's nothing more that architects love to do than argue about definitions.
If you ever find yourself with idle time in a room of architects, try asking
for a definition of "service" or "architecture" and see what sort of creative
melee you can start.
That being said, definitions are indeed very important so that we can have a
common language to communicate the intent and benefit of the very things we
are trying to convince business to invest in. From that perspective, a number
of concepts have emerged in the past decade or so that have become top of
mind for self-styled enterprise architects: architecture frameworks and
In previous ZapFlashes, we discussed archi... (more)
SOA C-level skeptics come in all shapes and sizes. They can be in any
industry or any government agency. They can be close friends who "really like
you" and no matter what, will invite you to their backyard barbeques.
However, despite their differences or that fact that they may be you friends
- C-level executives must have confidence the enterprise architect can
deliver on what he proposes.
All C-level SOA skeptics are thinking: "That sounds nice - but what makes me
think you can pull this off?"
There is a lot about converting stakeholders - who won't return your phone
calls - into investors who trust you with their money - that software
architects can learn from building architects. Building architects realize
that stakeholder conversion is a process that first starts by gaining a
stakeholder's attention and ends with the actions that exceed the
stakeholder's ex... (more)
ZapThink's integration cost curve, which we published back in 2002, continues
to stir discussion amongst our Licensed ZapThink Architects. In brief, our
argument is that while traditional middleware-based integration leads to
unpredictable spikes in cost when business requirements change, taking a
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to solving integration
challenges leads to a flattened cost of change. Implementing SOA means
building for change, so the argument goes, so while there will continue to be
some ongoing costs, a fundamentally agile architecture will smooth out the
ups and downs of IT integration expense.
Cut to the end of 2008. Today, in spite of ZapThink's repeated warnings about
taking an ESB-first approach to SOA, many organizations have bowed to vendor
pressure and have undertaken an ESB-first, "SOA platform" approach to
implementing SOA. As... (more)
As part of today's portfolio announcement at Cisco's Collaboration Summit,
the company introduced a ground-breaking version of its industry-leading
unified communications platform, featuring innovations and enhancements
designed to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies between and
within global enterprises. Cisco® Unified Communications System Release 8.0
enables organizations to collaborate in new ways that remove barriers to
communications with partners, suppliers and customers through integrated
voice, video, presence, instant messaging and Web sessions.
Cisco Unified Communications System 8.0 includes advanced integrated Internet
Protocol (IP) applications that allow businesses to extract more value from
their communications through federated presence across devices and platforms,
and through instant messaging, customer care, conferencing, video and
Under the pressure from Windows Azure release in a week, Amazon unveiled
today a new AWS SDK for .NET Developers providing .NET developers the
libraries, code samples, and documentation needed to build an AWS-powered
application using any programming language capable of making .NET calls
including C#, Visual Basic, Windows PowerShell, and other compliant
languages. .NET developers get a special treatment with a dedicated .NET
Forum and a special Windows & .NET Developer Center.
The SDK includes:
The AWS .NET Library - This library provides a set of developer-friendly APIs
that hide much of the low-level plumbing associated with programming for the
AWS cloud, including authentication, retries, and error handing. The library
supports the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Auto Scaling, Amazon CloudWatch,
Elastic Load Balancing, the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon Simp... (more)
BI on Ulitzer
Peter Yared wrote recently a BusinessWeek guest blog post called “Failure
of Commercial Open Source Software.”
Not surprisingly his post caused a lot of angry replies from people who work
for COSS companies. “The emperor is not naked” they argued.
I believe that the COSS emperor is openly naked. And the discussion
shouldn’t be whether COSS is a complete or a partial failure just because
there are few successful exits that Peter neglected to mention. At the end of
the day Peter’s comment that “selling software is miserable” is true.
Every sales rep involved in selling COSS would agree (I’m interviewing many
of them now). Selling COSS is no easier than selling any other form of
Any company using the word “open” should be able to explain the true cost
of delivery (this is one of Peter’s points). And there is an obvious litmus
test of openness of C... (more)
Whether the blogosphere and Intertubes are echo chambers or a house or
mirrors depends upon one's perspective, so to speak. In any case, it's fun to
surf around a bit and find articles that report on articles. In fact, this
report is such a report, but my report questions a basic premise I've been
seeing recently: that the long-term persepctive is essential in a company's
cloud strategy. (My report is based on something I just read by EDL
Consulting, which in turn picked up a story from one of those publications
from that really big Boston-based publishing company I worked for years ago.)
Taking the long view, having a long-term strategy, thinking over the long
haul, etc. is one of those things that one can hardly argue against without
sounding flippant. Well, of course companies should take the long-term view
when considering major capital investments and paradigm s... (more)