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Big news on the Cloud Standards front, I was just informed that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - JTC 1 have formed a new Subcommittee (SC) at their Plenary last week that includes working groups for SOA and Web Services as well as a Study Group for standardization of cloud computing. (This information has not yet been made public, my source has indicated that I am allowed to share this) The scope will include Standardization for interoperable Distributed Application Platform and services including Web Services, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Cloud Computing. SC 38 will pursue active liaison and collaboration with all appropriate bodies (including other JTC 1 subgroups and external organizations, e.g., consortia) to ensure the development and deployment of interoperable distributed application platform and services standards in rel... (more)

Cloud, The New Taste of the Internet

Lately there seems to be a minor debate among the clouderati about the semantic differences between the term "the cloud" versus the use of "cloud computing". So I thought I'd jump into the fray. As someone who spends his days eating, breathing and sometimes drinking cloud computing, it's fun to see how the debate has recently devolved into a debate purely focused upon the finer semantic nuances of the various terminologies. The debate seems to generally focus on the varied usages within the companies that are attempting to "cloud-ify" themselves & their products/services. This cloudification seems to be the trend du'jour within the technology industry, an attempt to augment marketing materials and or product positioning to include cloud related buzz words, whether they make sense or not. Actually one of the better stated criticism comes from Oracle CEO Larry Elliso... (more)

Amazon Adding Active Directory Support

Amazon Cloud on Ulitzer I was surprised to find an Amazon Web Services booth at the Microsoft PDC yesterday. They had nothing specific to say regarding additional Windows support or capabilities - at least not officially. What I did get was a wink-wink, nudge, nudge when I commented on Azure's integration with Active Directory and other touchpoints. "This is coming soon," I was then told. Then they saw that I had a media badge and that ended the discussion... Looks like the enterprise is the battleground - which was only a matter of time. Following the great enterprise roadmap preview I saw last week at the RightScale user meeting in Santa Clara, this is quickly becoming a great market for business computing. ... (more)

Building Blocks of SOA Governance

SOA initiatives have gathered momentum in the past year with more enterprises either implementing SOA or considering implementing in the near future. The implementations we studied reveal that one of the critical challenges in SOA is designing an effective governance mechanism. A good understanding of governance concepts is essential to implementing and operating a successful SOA. Reliable governance for SOA leads to a manifold increase in an enterprise's ability to achieve the goal of business agility through SOA. Defining IT Governance The IT Governance Institute defines IT governance as "a structure of relationships and processes to control the enterprise in order to achieve the enterprise's goals by adding value while balancing risk versus return over IT and its processes." Another definition by Peter Weill describes IT governance as "specifying the framework for... (more)

Governance: The Last Mile of SOA

The phrase "SOA governance" is more likely to generate a sense of apprehension among IT professionals than any warm feelings. After all, most companies are still in the early stages of SOA adoption and so the practice of governance - and likely the concept itself - will be new territory. Yet, if companies are to realize any meaningful and lasting impact from SOA, then governance is a fact of life with which organizations are going to have to become comfortable. Governance - more than any other factor over the long term - will make the difference between SOA success and failure, and proficiency in governing the SOA environment will distinguish IT leaders from laggards. SOA Governance Defined While the term may be novel, the act of governance and the underlying rationale will be very familiar to IT. In most organizations, virtually every IT resource and process will ... (more)

Why All This Fuzz About SOA?

I’ve been to dozens of SOA lectures, presentations and conferences and though I considered some (the first ones) to be very interesting as I approached the subject, it soon started to get a bit boring as I easily could anticipate what the presenters were going to say: why adopt SOA, how will your company benefit from SOA, the possibilities SOA gives you, etc. etc. It’s fair to say that there is a lot of confusion and false expertise in this area and often these conferences are more a PR and sales show rather than a valid review of what SOA really is. But why all this fuzz about SOA? A SOA expert/sales man once said at a seminar: ‘Don’t ask yourself if you need SOA, you already have it!’. At first I thought it was funny as it sounded more like some kind of disease... ‘oh crap! when...!? It must have been that Thai stuff...’. But then he went on saying that SOA is a brand... (more)

SOA & Cloud Bootcamp at SOA World in New York City

SOA and cloud computing go hand-in-hand, since cloud computing is in essence merely the ability to leverage new platforms and resources that you don't happen to own. The flexibility and agility of a cloud environment resembles environments offered by SOA. Moreover, cloud computing can help meet escalating storage and compute demand without the delay traditionally associated with establishing an enterprise-level infrastructure. At SYS-CON's SOA & Cloud Bootcamp tomorrow, being held in conjunction the the 15th International SOA World Conference & Expo in New York (June 22-23, 2009), software industry entrepreneur and Bootcamp Instructor Alan Williamson will explore these linked approaches further, and seek deal with real problems and look at alternative solutions. Register Today for SOA World and Attend SOA & Cloud Bootcamp for Free Attending delegates will leave the Boot... (more)

SOA in the Cloud Topic Launched on Ulitzer

SOA in the Cloud topic site launched today on Ulitzer. Introducing “SOA in the Cloud” 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in November will introduce two new and dedicated tracks - “SOA in the Cloud” and “RIAs in the Cloud” - which will examine how service oriented architecture, AJAX, rich internet applications, enterprise mashups, social media and Web 2.0 find their new place in the Cloud. Ulitzer content is grouped in 25 distinct subjects from "Aerospace and Defense" to "Travel and Hospitality." Each subject group offers an unlimited number of topics, and each topic may contain thousands of peer-reviewed feature stories, bylined articles, blog posts, news, reviews, commentary, and unique editorial content authored by top experts in their fields. Ulitzer is designed to replace Wikipedia with Its three-dimensional live content offerings and dynamic topi... (more)

SOA Zombies Gathering in Boston: July 23, 2009

Is SOA Dead? If so, then watch out, because SOA zombies are getting together to network at ZapThink's ZapForum Boston "Night of the Living SOA Dead" on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at MJ O'Connor's Bar in Boston, Massachusetts. At the event, a few dozen SOA pundits, peers, colleagues, competitors, and will join in a panel on SOA's future all the while encouraging networking, drinks, food, and a hearty debate on the topic of SOA's long life ahead with a panel of distinguished guests on the topic of SOA. Open to public enrollment and attendance, the topic of discussion for the panel will be the recent news and discussion about the “Death of SOA.” Is SOA really dead? Is it dying? Or is it changing? And what about those that are currently doing something with SOA or even just interested in the topic? Are we the “living dead”? Guests, Experts, and Pundits in attendance inclu... (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)

Amazon’s Answer to SQL Azure - Amazon Relational Database Service

Amazon Cloud Journal Today Amazon released its answer to SQL Azure, the hosted cloud database offered by Microsoft. The newest service form Amazon, the Amazon Relational Database Service, or Amazon RDS for short, now in beta, makes it easier for you to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. You get direct database access without worrying about infrastructure provisioning, software maintenance, or common database management tasks. Using the RDS APIs or the command-line tools, you can access the full capabilities of a complete, self-contained MySQL 5.1 database instance in a matter of minutes. You can scale the processing power and storage space as needed with a single API call and you can initiate fully consistent database snapshots at any time. Much of what you already know about building applications with MySQL will still apply. Your code a... (more)