Last week at the 7th International Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, I sat on a
panel discussing virtualization and the cloud. As a follow on to my
contribution, it is my intention to expand on the position of virtualization
and the cloud ecosystem.
It is generally accepted that the concept of cloud computing or, at least the
amalgamation of services that infer the cloud ecosystem, lends to the premise
of improvements in managing deployed services. This due to an assumed
increase in efficiencies resulting from the sharing of hardware resources at
one end of the spectrum.
According to NIST There are five essential characteristics of Cloud
1) On-demand self-service 2) Broad network access 3) Resource pooling 4)
Rapid elasticity 5) Measured Service
Of these cloud-computing attributes, virtualization can be said to possess
all except the ability to implemen... (more)
What is SOA? One can say that the synthesis of Enterprise Application
Integration (EAI) platforms with middleware tools and concepts evolved into
what we know today as Service Oriented Architecture.
SOA then represents a standards based architectural blueprint with an
emphasis on business centric services and transactions rather than that of
technology oriented objectives: In other words an architectural style which
businesses can use to execute and align services with their business model to
achieve their business strategy, goals and objectives.
For instance, an end-user reques... (more)
With the advent of Web 2.0 and onward, the rise of the terminology and
concept we call Cloud Computing, coupled with an increase in the manner
technologies are being used, not only by corporations but by individuals as
well, comes an increased drive to ensure that risk is managed, effective
security measures to protect identities are implemented, and efforts are
expended to ensure privacy is maintained.
A few years ago, in their quest to implement and maximize on the benefits of
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), researchers at Microsoft separated SOA
into four areas (1) viz.
Last Wednesday I had the distinct honor of being part of one of Jeremy
Geelan's Panel of Expert segments at the 7th International Cloud Expo in
Santa Clara. To be honest, when I got the email, despite the pleasure of
being considered to present my trade, I was not too excited about visiting
another series of booths and presentations that was more of the same.
It's been two years since my last visit to a technology trade show, I
know... I know...what was I thinking ?!
Imagine my loss from not participating in the deluge of suave marketing and
sales pitches that comes around severa... (more)
These days when we hear the term "cloud computing" there is an understanding
that we are speaking about a flexible, cost-effective, and proven delivery
platform that is being utilized or will be utilized to provide IT services
over the Internet. As end users or researchers of all things "cloud" we
expect to hear about how quickly processes, applications, and services can be
provisioned, deployed and scaled, as needed, regardless of users' physical
When we think of the typical traditional IT security environment, we have to
be cognizant of the potential for an onslaugh... (more)