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Dustin Amrhein

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Over a year ago, I posed a simple question in a post: ‘Should developers care about cloud computing?' In the post, I went on to assert that developers should indeed care about what was at that point a little more of an emerging trend. Not that this was ever a controversial issue, but in light of the growing momentum of cloud since that post, and the realization that the effects of cloud reverberate throughout entire IT organizations, this is no longer even a question. So, cloud computing definitely ‘affects' developers and other technical employees, thus they should certainly care about the movement, but what exactly should they care about? In other words, what skills are important for developers in the context of cloud computing? I constantly evaluate and re-evaluate the answers to this question. As both a practitioner and advocate in my day job, it is important t... (more)

New IBM Software for Amazon EC2

IBM expanded its software offerings on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) by delivering a WebSphere eXtreme Scale 7.0 Development AMI (Amazon Machine Image). The Development AMI can be used for development and test of commercially available applications without any IBM charges. It means, users do not pay for the WebSphere eXtreme Scale software, but only for the Amazon EC2 usage charges. In other words, the AMI can be used for as little as ten cents per hour. WebSphere eXtreme Scale provides a robust, linearly-scaling distributed caching platform for the Amazon EC2 env... (more)

Cloud Computing Isn't a Substitute For Due Diligence

Well, everyone knew it wouldn't be long before cloud computing got thrown under the proverbial bus after the latest Sidekick failure. Observers point at this specific failure, as they have with Gmail, Amazon, and other cloud provider outages in the past, as a broader problem. Some like to use these service outages as an opportunity to initiate a full-fledged attack on the idea of cloud computing. However, can we really just blame cloud computing and move on? If cloud computing plays a part in the blame game for these outages, it's because of the hype around the industry. If the c... (more)

Is WebSphere CloudBurst Right for You?

IBM Session at Cloud Expo Trying to pick apart a particular IT solution to figure out if it is right for you and your business can be a daunting task. Trying to do that for solutions in emerging spaces, like cloud computing, can seem even more difficult to the point of looking almost impossible. Case in point, at most of my WebSphere CloudBurst sessions someone (usually multiple people) always asks how they can determine if this particular product is right for them. It's a good and fair question, and one that I usually answer by asking a few questions of my own. To best underst... (more)

Is Standardization Right for Cloud-Based Application Environments?

For me, this week has been one of those weeks that I think all technologists enjoy. You know what I'm talking about. The week has been one of those rare periods of time when you get to put day-to-day work on the backburner (or at least delay it until you get back to your hotel at night), and instead focus on learning, networking, and stepping outside of your comfort cocoon. This week, I am getting a chance to attend Cloud Expo, two CloudCamps, and QCon all within a four-day span. In the process, I am meeting many smart folks (all the while finding out there are indeed people behin... (more)