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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)

Successfully Planning For SOA, Building Your SOA Roadmap - Part 2

In this second article about service-oriented architecture (SOA), I offer a concrete plan, along with tips and insights, to help you build an effective SOA roadmap, and to help ensure the success of your SOA initiative. Any great journey starts with a goal or destination, and your organization's decision to implement SOA is no different. However not unlike the pioneers who set off west in their wagons, you may start with only a vague idea of what awaits you, or how you might get to your destination. To be successful, you must assess your strengths and weaknesses, establish clear d... (more)

Does a Web Service Make a Service for SOA?

What could be easier than to take your application, wrap it with a Web Service, announce it or register it in the UDDI and get a SOA Service? Even better - take a data warehouse, cover a SQL executing code with a Web Service and expose it to SOA, isn't it simple? This article is for those architects and managers who like such "simplicity." If you believe that a Web Service itself doesn't convert an application into the SOA Service, you might read the article just out of curiosity. A Service or Not a Service Discussions about Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiated by people ... (more)

Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure

Amazon Cloud Journal Back in July I wrote my post about databases in the cloud.  The big surprise that I discovered at the time was that the only “Native” RDBMS offering in the cloud came from Microsoft. Microsoft SQL Azure (launching formally at the PDC in a few weeks) is a mostly-compatible SQL Server as a Service release complete with support for Transact SQL/TDS.  SQL Azure is a multitenanted DBMS with several customers running databases up to 10GB in size on a single server.  Their target is the 95% of business applications running in the enterprise that have databases with... (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 Unif... (more)

Cloud Computing: MySQL Leader Mickos Named Eucalyptus CEO

Eucalyptus Session at Cloud Expo Mårten Mickos has been named CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the open-source Cloud Computing start-up, in a story that broke late afternoon on the East Coast about the Santa Barbara, CA area company. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Mickos, who was interviewed last year by SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan about the fate of MySQL (all of which databases are now belong to Oracle), the software with which is associated in the industry, has now joined an open-source company that is focused on private and hybrid Cloud Computing, whi... (more)