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The adoption of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) promises to further decouple monolithic applications by decomposing business functions and processes into discrete services. While this makes enterprise computing assets more accessible and reusable, SOA implementation patterns are primarily an iteration over previous application development models. Like most application development evolutions, SOA approaches inject more layers and flexibility into the application tier, but have often neglected the most fundamental building block of all applications: the underlying data. Current Data Environment of Most IT Organizations The condition of a typical organization's data environment is usually not where it needs to be before the organization can begin a SOA transformation - from an enterprise perspective, there's often a lack of authoritative sources and a wide array of ... (more)

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Defining Web 3.0 and Developing the Fastest Enterprise Mobility Apps I value a strong opinion.  Especially when the opinionated is an expert and willing to stand up and place a flag in the sand.  In this article, my ambitious friend, programming guru, gamer, colleague, bona fide geek and mobility expert Peter Rogers shares his opinions on the meaning of Web 3.0 and how it will impact mobile application development and the enterprise.  While he is English and prone to use words like whilst, that should not be held against him. I have two ambitions in life: to be the first person to define Web 3.0 in a meaningful way; and to be able to reform Atomic Kitten to sing at my next birthday. Only one of these is achievable so here goes. The Web is changing quite drastically and there are ten key factors that define the next "Web" hereafter as Web 3.0: The dropping of legacy b... (more)

[Update] Swiss Bank Closes Assange’s Account

PostFinance, the Swiss Post Office bank, has closed the account that WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange opened after PayPal late Friday closed the one the renegade site has been using to collect donations. The Swiss Post bank said Monday morning that it found "Assange provided false information regarding his place of residence when opening the account." The statement on the bank's web site adds that "The Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process. Assange entered Geneva as his domicile. Upon inspection, this information was found to be incorrect. Assange cannot provide proof of residence in Switzerland and thus does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship with PostFinance. For this reason, PostFinance is entitled to close his account. If there is any indication that the information provided ... (more)

One Day the Cloud Really Will Be Big: The Economist

"One day the cloud really will be big..." concludes an article in this week's international print edition of The Economist, an intriguing article that sets out to quantify the size of the three main layers of the cloud computing ecosystem. The article draws in part on these statistics , published in Guy Rosen's invaluable "Jack of All Clouds" blog. What The Economist attempts to do is to quantify the SaaS, PaaS and IaaS layers of the ecosystem. It is in that last category that it makes use of Rosen's data and also quotes Cloudkick - the San Francisco start-up - and Randy Bias, who is, like Rosen, a Top 50 Cloud Blogger. The article's guesstimate is that "revenues generated by computing infrastructure as a service in 2010 may exceed $1 billion." It then goes on to speculate about the future: "So how big is the cloud? And how big will it be in, say, ten years? It depends o... (more)

Real SOA - Web Services and Service Oriented Architecture

A challenge facing many organizations is how to quickly and effectively react to frequent changes in business requirements, whilst improving productivity and reducing costs. To achieve this, you need a flexible infrastructure that can meet the demands of a changing marketplace and seize emerging opportunities. To address this challenge, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) promotes an architectural approach that replaces rigid proprietary systems with heterogeneous, "loosely-coupled" services. The Service Component Architecture (SCA), along with Service Data Objects (SDO), makes this architectural concept a reality and provides the programming model to build SOA solutions for agile businesses. SCA is a powerful and simple business level programming model which extends and complements prior approaches for implementing services based solutions. SCA defines how service... (more)

Embedded Software Development: Introducing VaS - Verification-as-Services

The lines between embedded and enterprise computing are blurring. As embedded devices become more and more networked, they form a perimeter at the edge of our enterprise data centers and a rich source of real-time, real-world information. These newcomers to the enterprise are coming of age. Embedded computing is moving beyond the world of hidden computing and a behind-the-scenes role in military and industrial applications. Embedded applications are no longer bench projects hacked together by a few elite engineers. Embedded computing now comprises mainstream applications that are a part of our daily lives and it is big business. As the embedded computing industry evolves to support an ever-growing range of capabilities and features, embedded applications are becoming increasingly complex. Take, for example, our cell phones. They not only make calls, but send and r... (more)

SOA Patterns: Basic Structural Patterns - Part 1

This article is based on the book SOA Patterns (http://www.manning.com/rotem) scheduled to print February 2009. This article is courtesy of Manning Publications (http://www.manning.com). The ebook is available and sold exclusively through Manning Publications. Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has become the leading solution for complex, connected business systems. While it's easy to grasp the theory of SOA, implementing well-designed, practical SOA systems can be a difficult challenge. SOA Patterns provides detailed, technology-neutral solutions to the challenges by providing architectural guidance through patterns and anti-patterns. Part 1 of this excerpt focuses on two patterns that address matters of services. These are the patterns you are most likely to use even if your service has modest requirements. The patterns in this excerpt are relevant to implementi... (more)

SOA, BPM, CEP: Getting IT Budget in a Tight Economy

You're in a squeeze. How things ultimately shake out is not relevant right now, because you need to act right now. Work still needs to get done, systems need to stay running, and you must continue to keep pace with your competitors. The analysts are projecting enterprise IT spending in 2009 to range from minimal growth to declines. Yet companies should "not wait for signs of a return to growth to begin planning for business growth," according to Gartner analysts at a recent symposium. "Unlike the (days of the) post-dot.com era-where IT was perceived as wasteful-organisztions now view IT as a way to transform their businesses and adopt leaner operating models," said Gartner analyst Peter Sondergaard. "IT leaders that are called on to reduce 2009 IT spending should do so in a way that will not impede the organization in the future." So IT budget is not going away. Yo... (more)

Maxworks To Exhibit at SOA World Conference & Expo, June 22-23, New York

SYS-CON Events announced today that Maxworks to exhibit at the upcoming SOA World Conference & Expo 2009 East. The 15th International SOA World Conference will take place June 22-23, 2009, in New York City. Maxworks is a leading opensource SOA Solutions Provider. Maxworks combines Java,  opensource technologies, service oriented architecture (SOA) and Incremental delivery methods to produce solutions for its clients.The company's SOA solutions realize high value business synergies that run on license free Opensource middleware. Incremental delivery of SOA solutions reduces software development risks. Maxworks' SOA Road Map, Training, and Software Development services used in concert, can help clients overcome the overhead caused by SOA. 15th International SOA World Conference & Expo Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is actively enabling component reuse today and he... (more)

What is Enterprise Cloud Computing?

Jill Tummler Singer on Ulitzer What is enterprise cloud computing? Simply stated, it’s a behind-the-firewalls use of commercial, Internet-based cloud technologies specifically focused on one company’s or one business environment’s computing needs. Enterprise cloud computing is a controlled, internal place that offers the rapid and flexible provisioning of compute power, storage, software, and security services to meet your mission’s demands. It combines the processes of a best in class ITIL organization with the agility of managed, global infrastructure to make your IT faster, better, cheaper, and safer. Enterprise cloud computing gives your business agility, survivability, sustainability, and security. I believe commercial solutions-whether its Google's cloud or Amazon's web services-may be perfect for many companies. But, some corporations and government agencies... (more)

Tale of Two XML Gateways

XML Magazine on Ulitzer These days,  XML Gateways are a core infrastructure component of any enterprise SOA deployment.  XML Gateways provide the ability to integrate services securely with granular access control, data-level encryption, integrity through signatures and XML threat mitigation.  XML Gateways can be deployed as a hardware appliance or as a software gateway ( also as cloud based instances).  Both of these form factors have their advantages and disadvantages.  This article provides readers with a quick synopsis of the pros and cons of each form factor. XML Gateway Hardware Appliance: Advantages: Accelerated SSL and XML Security operations. Tamper proof security of PKI keys via Hardware Security Module (HSM). Ease of installation and manageability. High level of security assurance since a hardware appliance runs dedicated XML Gateway security firmware. Be... (more)

Microservices Articles
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
"NetApp's vision is how we help organizations manage data - delivering the right data in the right place, in the right time, to the people who need it, and doing it agnostic to what the platform is," explained Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate for NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, discussed how to use Kubernetes to set up a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. H...
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, will discuss why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices ra...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, discussed how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He also discussed how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin, ...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In their Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, and Mark Lav...
Many organizations are now looking to DevOps maturity models to gauge their DevOps adoption and compare their maturity to their peers. However, as enterprise organizations rush to adopt DevOps, moving past experimentation to embrace it at scale, they are in danger of falling into the trap that they have fallen into time and time again. Unfortunately, we've seen this movie before, and we know how it ends: badly.
TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) is a common and reliable transmission protocol on the Internet. TCP was introduced in the 70s by Stanford University for US Defense to establish connectivity between distributed systems to maintain a backup of defense information. At the time, TCP was introduced to communicate amongst a selected set of devices for a smaller dataset over shorter distances. As the Internet evolved, however, the number of applications and users, and the types of data accessed and...