You've heard of downsizing and rightsizing, so how about Cloudsizing? As
properly defined, Cloudsizing is:
The improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of an organization through
the selective use of computing resources that are delivered over the Internet
Simple but powerful, and fairly obvious, considering all that's been written
about Cloud Computing recently.
However, what is not obvious is how you approach Cloudsizing, or how you get
started. Thus, the purpose of this column/article, and the next three, is to
introduce you to both the notion of Cloud Computing and how to drive your
enterprises in that direction, and to do so through understanding and not
just following the hype.
How the heck do you figure out what needs to be in the Cloud and what needs
to be local to the enterprise? As with all things related to enterprise
computing, it depends on your ente... (more)
SOA in the Cloud on Ulitzer
While there are many attempts to fix the badly broken IT architectures within
our enterprises, most ‘solutions' just put another technology layer on top
of the existing technologies in hopes that the technology will somehow fix
the issues. As you may have guessed, it just makes things more complex. Few
enterprises were willing to take the risk and address the core issues.
Service-oriented architecture, or SOA, is really about fixing existing
architectures by addressing most of the major systems as services, and
abstracting those services into a single ... (more)
We've all experienced the hype: "We're a SOA tool, and we're here to help!"
However, most SOA vendors out there don't understand the value of SOA, or
even how to approach SOA. They focus on the tactical and not the strategic.
Why? A tactical approach is easier for them to sell, and easier for them to
understand. However, this approach means they are selling their customers
Take integration, for example. We've understood how to do integration since
the early days of EAI, and, indeed, it's clearly a component of SOA. However,
integration, on its own, is not architecture. Thu... (more)
Earlier this month I attended the IBM Impact conference in Las Vegas. The
core theme of Impact was "Smart SOA" and how cloud computing comes together
in the enterprise, with the emphasis on private clouds. The core notion of
private clouds for IBM is really about extending their experience in
virtualization, which is vast, into the more modern world of cloud
computing. They hope to sell some hardware and software in the process.
IBM considers private clouds strategic to its platforms. The movement to
private clouds plays right into its hands. Recently they are announced a
Since the advent of Web services, and other distributed computing standards
for that matter, we've been wrestling with the notion of identity and how to
Truth-be-told identity management has been put on the back burner as
organizations attempt to get their first Web services projects up and
running. However, as Web services become more pervasive, this is an issue
that is getting more attention.
With the increased interest in identity management so too has risen the need
for standards to better define this space. These standards all aim to bind
identity management sys... (more)