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Dustin Amrhein

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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 top five cloud computing solution characteristics here. Shared, virtualized infrastructure: At the heart of cloud computing is one of its key technological enablers, virtualization. Virtualization provides a path to share pools of IT resources such as servers, storage, data, and more. By virt... (more)

Business Scenarios for the Cloud

The Open Group recently announced the formation of the Cloud Work Group. According to the Open Group, this new group “exists to create a common understanding among buyers and suppliers of how enterprises of all sizes and scales of operation can include Cloud Computing technology in a safe and secure way in their architectures to realize its significant cost, scalability and agility benefits.” I think we can all get behind that goal, but how exactly do they plan on accomplishing such lofty aims? The Open Group is tackling this by first publishing a Business Scenarios for Enterpr... (more)

Building Cloud-Based Application Platforms

IBM Session at Cloud Expo 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 platforms. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud-based application platforms... (more)

The Growing Relevance of In-Memory Data Grids

The growing consumer affinity to cloud is spurring on various new technological trends. It's not all new technology mind you, but there seems to be a growing appetite for anything that can remotely be put into the context of cloud computing. In some ways, cloud has been good for bringing previously existing technologies back to the forefront and resulting in needed innovation in the area. Besides virtualization technologies, I believe that one of the best examples of this is in-memory data grid technology. Despite what some may try to purport, in-memory data grids are not a by-p... (more)

PaaS Deployment Models

Rapid deployment capability is table stakes when we are talking about a PaaS solution. Every vendor touts it, and to be frank, every user simply expects it to be there. While I think it is interesting to talk about rapid deployment and perhaps compare speed of one solution to that of another, I think it is infinitely more interesting to talk about the mechanics of deployment for a particular solution. That is, I think the more interesting and important question is ‘What deployment style does a particular solution take?' At a very high, black and white level, I think two primary ... (more)