|By Cloud Best Practices Network||
|March 24, 2014 04:23 AM EDT||
The UK government is starting to plan the evolution of their G-Cloud (Government Cloud) initiative.
In essence the current implementation is basically an ‘e-commerce store for Government Cloud IT services’. The Cloud Store is just that, the logical first step of a single ordering point for Cloud services that can be ‘approved once, used many’ and so it provides the catalogue and ordering methods for this.
However as you can imagine in technological innovation terms this is only scratching the surface of the tip of the iceberg above the water. As we start to explore deeper so we can see the future evolution direction.
What could drive this evolution is introduced in this post from the G-Cloud team, on how they are beginning the consultation process for re-design of the portal, and to start a journey towards a ‘Digital Marketplace’.
This is a much stronger vision and will see the initiative really start to gather some heavyweight steam, as it begins to embrace and address what have been previously intractable issues in key areas like application integration and modernization, through new techniques like smart agent computing.
The Platformation of Public Services
There is no doubt there is a huge sea change underway, in terms of how IT is designed and delivered, and one way of describing this architectural is the idea of ‘Platformation’ of Public Services.
Like Healthcare.gov government IT is notorious in its inability to deliver complex systems, much to do with their fundamental mental models. The Cloud is bringing new ideas, especially those that combine with the ‘API Economy’ to make existing systems more of a platform, than a legacy burden.
This concept is described in this TIM Review white paper - Platformation: Cloud Computing Tools at the Service of Social Change, where they describe how better information sharing models will empower huge productivity boosts in key social need areas. These same benefits would naturally be hugely beneficial to all public sector activities.
Then there is also the PaaS’ aspect of this statement, as in the Cloud computing definition standing for Platform as a Service.
The technical make up of this is important of course, but really the key message is the delegation of authority – Empowering citizens and other developers outside of the corporate firewall to make direct use of your systems via Read/Write APIs.
For sectors like government this can seem like Information Security suicide and so there are the usual two opposing forces of innovation and change resistance, however ultimately security concerns will be assured and considerable progress will be made as organizations begin to adopt this metaphor.
Digital Health Ecosystem
In enterprise architect purist terms we describe this as ‘Cloud SOA‘, referring to the evolution of the design principle known as the Service Oriented Architecture, for the Cloud era.
With inputs from experts like Rackspace we introduced Cloud SOA by describing its application in the Canadian eHealth sector, in this edition of our TRANSFORM e-magazine.
One critical aspect to the Cloud SOA approach is to begin adopting what is more of an ‘Ecosystem Architecture’, meaning that you design for a community of partners, rather than a ‘hard-coded’ supply chain approach.
Even the words ‘supply chain’ encapsulate how traditional enterprise IT has been hampered for generations by this rigid mental model for managing activities like procurement, when instead e-markets and others embrace the dynamism of the real-world.
Reflecting this therefore in application design terms is therefore equally powerful, indeed tremendously enabling, and we are seeing early emergence of approaches like this.
An example is this blueprint from Napier University in Edinburgh, a Next Generation Cloud-Based Healthcare Platform.
They describe an ecosystem model, comprising:
- A reference architecture, describing Naming Systems, Encryption, Federation Models and more…
- A menu list of common services, such as the IMS – Identity Mapping Service
- An modular XaaS approach for plugging in the processes of other departments, such as X-Rays
- Access Control Policy Service, that regulates information access around Patient Identifiers
- An intelligent agent centric approach for bridging information between secure domains
- Use of ‘Personal Cloud’ services like Microsoft Healthvault, among others
- Federated Identity Providers and Trusted Identity-based models
All of these features will be achievable through a ‘PaaS catalogue’ of component parts, and so developers can be empowered to create a higher order application that builds atop each of them. I.e. It creates a platform from the existing IT resources.
So in short you can think of the PaaS layer as also being the design framework for a broader supplier ecosystem, including keystone elements like federating identity.
For the broader transformation of the Healthcare sector this presentation from the same team is also very enlightening.
The post Building Digital Marketplace Alpha – Harnessing Cloud SOA and Ecosystem Architecture appeared first on Cloud Computing Best Practices.
Digitization is driving a fundamental change in society that is transforming the way businesses work with their customers, their supply chains and their people. Digital transformation leverages DevOps best practices, such as Agile Parallel Development, Continuous Delivery and Agile Operations to capitalize on opportunities and create competitive differentiation in the application economy. However, information security has been notably absent from the DevOps movement. Speed doesn’t have to negat...
Sep. 29, 2016 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,270
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
Sep. 29, 2016 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,408
Large enterprises today are juggling an enormous variety of network equipment. Business users are asking for specific network throughput guarantees when it comes to their critical applications, legal departments require compliance with mandated regulatory frameworks, and operations are asked to do more with shrinking budgets. All these requirements do not easily align with existing network architectures; hence, network operators are continuously faced with a slew of granular parameter change req...
Sep. 29, 2016 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 802
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Sep. 29, 2016 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,482
In case you haven’t heard, the new hotness in app architectures is serverless. Mainly restricted to cloud environments (Amazon Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions) the general concept is that you don’t have to worry about anything but the small snippets of code (functions) you write to do something when something happens. That’s an event-driven model, by the way, that should be very familiar to anyone who has taken advantage of a programmable proxy to do app or API routing ...
Sep. 29, 2016 06:45 AM EDT Reads: 409
With emerging ideas, innovation, and talents, the lines between DevOps, release engineering, and even security are rapidly blurring. I invite you to sit down for a moment with Principle Consultant, J. Paul Reed, and listen to his take on what the intersection between these once individualized fields entails, and may even foreshadow.
Sep. 29, 2016 06:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,224
Your business relies on your applications and your employees to stay in business. Whether you develop apps or manage business critical apps that help fuel your business, what happens when users experience sluggish performance? You and all technical teams across the organization – application, network, operations, among others, as well as, those outside the organization, like ISPs and third-party providers – are called in to solve the problem.
Sep. 29, 2016 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,679
SYS-CON Events announced today the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, being held November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele introduces participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintainin...
Sep. 29, 2016 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,760
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addres...
Sep. 29, 2016 05:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,959
Apache Hadoop is a key technology for gaining business insights from your Big Data, but the penetration into enterprises is shockingly low. In fact, Apache Hadoop and Big Data proponents recognize that this technology has not yet achieved its game-changing business potential. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, John Mertic, director of program management for ODPi at The Linux Foundation, will explain why this is, how we can work together as an open data community to increase adoption, and the i...
Sep. 29, 2016 05:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,147
While DevOps promises a better and tighter integration among an organization’s development and operation teams and transforms an application life cycle into a continual deployment, Chef and Azure together provides a speedy, cost-effective and highly scalable vehicle for realizing the business values of this transformation. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, will present a unique opportunity to witness how Chef and Azure work tog...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,800
As applications are promoted from the development environment to the CI or the QA environment and then into the production environment, it is very common for the configuration settings to be changed as the code is promoted. For example, the settings for the database connection pools are typically lower in development environment than the QA/Load Testing environment. The primary reason for the existence of the configuration setting differences is to enhance application performance. However, occas...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 888
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
Sep. 29, 2016 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 4,683
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
Sep. 29, 2016 02:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,721
SYS-CON Events announced today that Numerex Corp, a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company's solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating...
Sep. 29, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,058
DevOps and microservices are permeating software engineering teams broadly, whether these teams are in pure software shops but happen to run a business, such Uber and Airbnb, or in companies that rely heavily on software to run more traditional business, such as financial firms or high-end manufacturers. Microservices and DevOps have created software development and therefore business speed and agility benefits, but they have also created problems; specifically, they have created software sec...
Sep. 29, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,336
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Tintri VM-aware storage is the simplest for virtualized applications and cloud. Organizations including GE, Toyota, United Healthcare, NASA and 6 of the Fortune 15 have said “No to LUNs.” With Tintri they mana...
Sep. 29, 2016 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,940
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes ho...
Sep. 28, 2016 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,739
Analysis of 25,000 applications reveals 6.8% of packages/components used included known defects. Organizations standardizing on components between 2 - 3 years of age can decrease defect rates substantially. Open source and third-party packages/components live at the heart of high velocity software development organizations. Today, an average of 106 packages/components comprise 80 - 90% of a modern application, yet few organizations have visibility into what components are used where.
Sep. 28, 2016 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 811
Throughout history, various leaders have risen up and tried to unify the world by conquest. Fortunately, none of their plans have succeeded. The world goes on just fine with each country ruling itself; no single ruler is necessary. That’s how it is with the container platform ecosystem, as well. There’s no need for one all-powerful, all-encompassing container platform. Think about any other technology sector out there – there are always multiple solutions in every space. The same goes for conta...
Sep. 28, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,235