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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. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! 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)

The Business Value of an SOA Strategy

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 initiatives. 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)

Resolving RIA-SOA Conflict

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)

Maxworks To Exhibit at SOA World Conference & Expo, June 22-23, New York

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)

How Frameworks and SOA Align

This guest post comes courtesy of ZapThink. Ron Schmelzer is a senior analyst at ZapThink. You can reach him here. Take the BriefingsDirect middleware/ESB survey now. 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 reference architectures. In previous ZapFlashes, we discussed archi... (more)

Transition a C-Level SOA Skeptic into a SOA Backer

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)

Why Today is a Perfect Time for No-Platform SOA

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)

Cisco Transforms Unified Communications

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 ... (more)

New Amazon AWS SDK for .NET Developers Released

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)

COSS BI: Open Source, Open Core or Openly Naked?

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 software. 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)

Is Long-Term Planning Possible for Cloud Computing?

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)