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Fifteen to twenty years ago, enterprise application development, as we know today, wasn’t all that clear. All I can deduce, in a retrospective analysis – digging the internet, is that people knew the different puzzle pieces that were needed, in building an enterprise application. For e...
On Friday ABBYY UK Ltd and Interactive Ideas announced a distribution agreement in the UK and Ireland. The relationship with Interactive Ideas is designed to create market awareness and demand for ABBYY products and increase customer reach through the existing distribution channels in ...
As the creators of RichFaces, Exadel is involved in a large number of projects where RichFaces is being used. In most cases, the development is done by remote teams where the customer is working with Exadel’s teams in Eastern Europe. In some instances one or more developer could be at ...

The right form-factor in the right location at the right-time will maximize the benefits associated with cloud computing and virtualization.

Feng Shui, simply defined, is the art of knowing ...

A shift is finally occurring in the Cloud Computing discourse. Topics like “what is it” have been supplanted by more useful questions such as “should I do it?”, “how should I do it?”, and “when should I do it?” In appreciation of this new phase of Cloud Computing adoption, we’d like to...
Apptio is betting big on the market for demand-based budget forecasting. A new feature in its technology business management solutions software suite aims to help business managers plan and budget more accurately by inputting departmental forecasts into its software. The Bellevue, Was...

It is Memorial Day here in the US, where we remember those who served our country in the military – particularly those who gave their lives in military service. So I thought I’d tell you a cautionary tale of a good idea gone horribly wrong…

A TALE OF TANK DESTROYERS<...
In software engineering there have always been two schools of thought. One school feels that there is a lot to learn from manufacturing. The other school thinks that they are entirely different. There have been three distinct phases in this debate: CMM Phase, Agile Phase and the Lean P...
One of the comparison points between the public and private cloud domains is the difference in the level of control and customization over the cloud-based service. In a public cloud environment, users typically receive highly standardized (and in many cases commoditized) IT services fr...
We’ve talked about convergence for some time now. It’s been one of the most popular buzz words for our industry over the past decade and even spawned a few tradeshows of the same name to capitalize on the trend. First, it referred to networks, with some of the largest service providers...
Eric Brewer, professor at UC Berkeley came up with the CAP theorem. CAP stands for Consistency, Availability, and Partitioning or Distributability. He says out of the 3, the maximum you can achieve is 2. For example, if you’re Amazon and you want various servers distributed al...
Most rational folks agree: public cloud computing will be an integral piece of data center application deployment strategy in the future, but it will not replace IT.image Just as Web 2.0 did not make extinct the client-server model (which did not completely eradicate the mainframe mod...
I read about CA World in Las Vegas this week, and the description of the cloud by one company executive, Dr Ajei Gopal, executive vice-president of products and technology, really caught my eye and struck a bell. In a story on the event, Gopal was quoted as describing how the typical ...
Effective contract management is a “critical lever” that companies can pull to find contract information, optimize profits, and identify risks and opportunities quickly. Ariba, the spend and procurement management solutions provider, hopes small- to mid-sized businesses will take their...

Almost every definition of cloud, amongst the myriad definitions that exist, include the notion of multi-tenancy, a.k.a. the ability to isolate customer-specific traffic, data, and configuration of resources using the same software and interfaces. In the case of SaaS (Software as a ...

So far in this series we have addressed: Trust, visibility, transparency. SLA reports and service usage measurement. Daisy chaining clouds. Transitive Trust. Intelligent reports that don’t give away confidential information. Logs. Log Management. Now, not all Log Management s...
A recent seven hour outage at Amazon Web Services on Saturday has renewed the discussion about cloud failures and whether the customer or the provider of the services should be held responsible. The conversation stems from two power outages on May 4 an...
If it were the case that a “dynamic infrastructure” was focused solely on issues of scalability then I’d have nothing left to write. That problem, the transparent, non-disruptive scaling of applications - in both directions – has already been solved. Modern load balancers handle such ...
In the 1990s community of interest networks (COINs) emerged to take advantage of rapidly developing Internet protocol technologies. Cloud computing supports the idea of a COIN, as companies can not only build their “virtual data center” within a Platform as a Service/PaaS model, but a...
The ongoing saga of everything cloud is entertaining, if nothing else. I have a couple of areas of interest that aren’t really burning up the electrons, one of them is cloud databases. Let’s face it, while “the cloud” is interesting in an application sense, for IT it is relatively usel...
According to Gartner, “By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets.” While the need for hardware will not disappear completely, hardware ownership is going through a transition: Virtualization, total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, an openness to allow users run their pe...
One of the benefits of cloud computing, and in particular IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is that the infrastructure is, well, a service. It’s abstracted, and that means you don’t need to know a lot about the nitty-gritty details of how it works. Right? Well, mostly right. While t...

How should auto-scaling work, and why doesn’t it?

Although “rapid elasticity” is part of NIST’s definition of cloud computing, it may be interesting to note that many cloud computing environments don’t ...

Cloud is now mature enough that we can begin to identify anti-patterns associated with using these services. Keith Shaw from Network World and I spoke about worst practices in the cloud last week, and our conversation is now available as a podcast. Come and learn how to avoid mak...
Back in the early days of networking (when the pipes were small and dumb) the concept of “Deep Packet Inspection” started to bubble up the network stack. Deep Packet Inspection describes the ability of a networking device to fully inspect an Ethernet packet; essentially it’s the abilit...
In Mule ESB, outbound dispatching to a destination whose address is known at runtime only is a pretty trivial endeavor. A less frequent practice consists in programmatically defining inbound service endpoints. I recently had to do such thing for a little side project I'm running where...
Application lifecycle productivity is proving an escalating challenge in today’s enterprise. Bloated app portfolios and obsolete technologies can stifle business agility and productivity, according to a new Forrester Research IT trends survey. A full 80 percent of IT decision makers q...
There is no question that success for the entrepreneur starts with a breakthrough (or at the very least great) product or service. Yet too often, entrepreneurs fall into the “field of dreams” mentality (in the words of Terence Mann, AKA James Earl Jones: “build it and they’ll come”). B...
There’s a growing focus on PaaS (Platform as a Service), particularly as Microsoft has been rolling out Azure and VMware continues to push forward with its SpringSource acquisition. Amazon, though generally labeled as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is also a “player” with its Simpl...
Gregg Wyant, Intel’s IT CTO, is in the process of refreshing his data centers. Like every other CTO, he has limited resources. Not even he gets free CPUs and motherboards. Gregg recently explained to me and a few others on a teleconference his Data Center Strategy. He focused on th...
Reading Harvard Business Review's blog "Is the U.S. Killing Its Innovation Machine" I am reminded of the continual challenge of quality managers and entrepreneurs : educating other small minded folks about the need to balance the near and long term. In fact most, if not all, of the sig...
I spent hours yesterday listening to folks talk about “infrastructure.” It’s a hot topic, to be sure, especially as it relates to cloud computing. After all, it’s a keyword in “Infrastructure as a Service.” The problem is that when most of people say “infrastructure” blackbox1it appear...
Everyone has likely seen the optical illusion of the vase in which, depending on your focus, you either see a vase or two faces. This particular optical illusion is probably the best allegorical image for IT and in particular cloud computing I can imagine. Depending on your focus with...
So we talked about some of the challenges – and hence opportunities – faced by Cloud Providers. Last time we talked about Trust, and how important Trust is for business relationships. Trust is already difficult in pretty straightforward environments, but in the context of Clouds, i...
The year 2009 was not just a year in which the Great Recession played out in the IT industry. It was also a year in which IT management tech underwent an image makeover. Discussion of IT management capabilities such as automation and service delivery were raised to new levels around a...
On March 16th I participated in the STKI summit by the local analysts company STKI. The company headed by Dr. Jimmy Schwarzkopf is focused on the Israeli market. The theme of this year conference was: Finding the Right Balance: Standardize vs. Innovate. Presentations were based o...
Most enterprises lack three essential ingredients to ensure that sensitive information stored in via cloud computing hosts remains secure: procedures, policies and tools. So says a joint survey called “Information Governance in the Cloud: A Study of IT Practitioners” from Symantec Corp...
Last year EMC’s somewhat controversial acquisition of Data Domain right under the noses of NetApp raised several eyebrows to say the least. Considering the reported amount of $2.1 billion and their already deduplication packed portfolio which consisted of the source based Avamar, the f...
Our panel dives into more than the technology, security, and viability issues that have dominated a lot of cloud discussions lately -- and move to the economics and the impact on buyers and sellers of cloud services. I think we are going to see kind of an unfairness in business. Peopl...
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the signs of spring finally coming to life are all around – crocuses shooting up from the ground, buds on trees and green lawns. It just so happens, too, that, at this time of the year, we’re seeing stronger signs of new life in the economy and i...


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