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Dustin Amrhein

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There’s no shortage of opinions on how cloud computing and SOA are related. Just plug the phrase into your favorite search engine and you’ll have a day’s worth of reading. What you are likely to find are articles discussing how SOA led to cloud computing, how a good SOA is a prerequisite to leverage cloud computing, or how to leverage cloud computing in your SOA. I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading these types of articles and listening to experts talk about SOA and cloud computing, and that got me to thinking. How can companies bring the cloud experience to their SOA? In order to do this, a company may set out by creating clouds of their physical infrastructure, storage, or networking capabilities, which are all worthy pursuits. However, I believe the best way to cloud-enable a SOA is to deal with the heart of the SOA, the services. In short, to bring the cloud to... (more)

What's in a Cloud Appliance?

The recently announced IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is poised to make a big splash in the cloud computing market. Its ability to create, deploy, and administer private WebSphere cloud environments gives customers the ability to create and manage a services oriented cloud. To provide a more in-depth look at what the appliance delivers, I’d like to take a short look at the creation, deployment, and administration capabilities to understand what each one means to the user. To get started, in order to leverage WebSphere environments in a private cloud, you need to construct Web... (more)

Customizing Your Private Cloud

When looking at creating a cloud of application environments, private clouds are attractive to many users because of the control, insight, and security they offer. However, besides these things, there is another key benefit afforded by private cloud application environments: customizability. Customizations in application environments are important to many enterprises since in many cases those customizations represent a competitive differentiation. For this reason, the new WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance places a high importance on allowing users to fully customize the WebSphere ... (more)

Forget Defining Cloud Computing

Early Bird Savings for Cloud Expo Defining cloud computing has proven to be nearly impossible. Ask ten different people and you'll get ten different answers. Countless discussion groups, blogs, articles, etc. have attempted to give their own take on cloud computing, and all to no avail. The industry just can't agree on a common definition. With that in mind, perhaps it's time to move past trying to define the cloud and look into the common characteristics of such solutions. Many of us have heard or read about some of these cloud characteristics, so I thought I would offer up my t... (more)

IBM and the Air Force Sign Cloud Deal

IBM Session at Cloud Expo Today my employer, IBM, announced that it was awarded a 10 month long contract with the United States Air Force. According to the press release, the contract calls for IBM to "design and demonstrate a secure cloud computing infrastructure capable of supporting defense and intelligence networks." Lieutenant General William Lord, Chief Information Officer and Chief, Warfighting Integration for the Air Force, goes further by stating the purpose of the project will be to "develop an architecture that could lead to improved performance within the Air Force e... (more)