For the last 5+ years, I have been deeply focused in the area of middleware
application servers and the container services that they provide. If you go a
bit further back and look at the arc of progression in this space, you will
see multiple pivots of innovation for these servers. In the beginning, it was
all about transactions, and then JEE was added, followed closely (and
probably most recently) by a push around SOA. While none of these topics have
gotten less important over time, they become an assumed part of application
server runtimes and architectures. That is, customers will not consider an
application platform that does not at least support those technologies and
Does that mean that the application server space is dying down in terms of
innovation and change? Not at all in my opinion. Just like JEE was there to
push transactions and SOA was th... (more)
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The new IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is a one-stop shop for creating,
deploying, and managing WebSphere virtual systems in a private cloud. It has
quite a lot of very cool features that make this a possibility, and I could
go on and on about those features. That’s not where I’m heading today
though. Recently, I’ve spent a bit of time experimenting with the
appliance, and there’s a theme throughout the entire offering that has me
truly excited to see this in the hands of users: Consumability.
It’s nice to have cool features and function, ... (more)
A common feature of cloud computing solutions is that they enable
self-service access to the services they provide. This enables users to
directly procure services from the cloud, and it eliminates the need for more
time-consuming, labor-intensive, human-driven procurement processes familiar
to many in IT.
That's not to say that a cloud computing solution should provide its services
in a free-for-all manner, letting any user take any action within the system.
There should be strict controls over the services users have access to and
the actions they can perform with those servi... (more)
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It seems that cloud computing conversations are slowly beginning to march up
the stack. Much of the initial focus in the space has been on cloud-based
infrastructures such as servers, storage, networks, etc. To some degree,
cloud-based approaches to this layer of IT are becoming more of a norm and
less of an exception. As this happens, the industry begins to look at the
next layer of the IT stack in the context of cloud computing: application
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Cloud-based application platforms... (more)
The role of cloud management solutions in the enterprise world is becoming
increasingly important. With the interest and adoption of cloud in the
enterprise steadily rising, solutions that help an organization to
effectively harness, orchestrate, and govern their use of the cloud are
floating to the top of the needs list. Developing and delivering solutions in
this arena is no small task, and one made even tougher by enterprise user
expectations and requirements. Just what are some of the enterprise
requirements and expectations for cloud management solutions?
First things first... (more)