Those with virtualization skills are in high demand right now. That makes
them just as difficult to retain as it is to find and hire them. Indeed, as
virtualization becomes more important to enterprise IT, those who understand
VMWare, and other virtualization technology, as well as understand
virtualization in general, are commanding top salaries and they are often
recruited away from current employers.
Personally, I'm getting a few calls a week from headhunters seeking design
and operational virtualization talent, even in the downturn when data centers
are shrinking. At the heart of the issue is that virtualization now touches
all parts of the data center, the use cases are becoming more complex, and
the operational value is mission-critical.
In responding to this need, many organizations have created virtualization
centers of excellence with the hopes of creat... (more)
Although a number of standards exist for information interchange and process
definition, industry standards have yet to emerge for defining common
integration server and B2B integration server services such as routing, rules
processing, and transformation. In the absence of such standards, individual
vendors have created proprietary approaches to these basic
information-processing services. As a result, we are confronted with features
that are not interchangeable, require specialized training, and do not
provide a common framework of services.
Even as we begin to implement stand... (more)
Application integration brings a combination of problems. Each organization
and trading community has its own set of integration issues that must be
addressed. Because of this, it is next to impossible to find a single
technological solution set and/or standard that can be applied universally.
Therefore, each application integration solution will generally require
different approaches. At this time, and in the foreseeable future, one-stop
shopping is simply not an application integration reality.
Although approaches to application integration vary considerably, it is
possible to... (more)
Right now the implementation of SOAs seems involve much more hype than actual
work. However, there are some patterns beginning to emerge, or, procedures
the implementers are doing right to insure success. These patterns are not
always obvious, so perhaps this is a good time to learn through the successes
of others and do our own homework before we spend millions on moving to an
It's also important to note that our thinking is always evolving. As we learn
what works, or perhaps more importantly, what does not work, we get closer to
near perfect implementations that bring hug... (more)
Truth be told, traditional approaches to integration are really about keeping
persistence at the points, within the source or target systems, and
replicating data as needed. However with the use of true services, there is a
clear advantage in keeping some persistence at a central-tier, for any number
of legitimate reasons. Let's explore this in the context of an SOA.
Indeed, as we become better at building services we need to understand the
infrastructure that the services will leverage, including orchestration,
security, management, and data, and where those functions need to res... (more)