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Dustin Amrhein

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The recently announced IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is poised to make a big splash in the cloud computing market. Its ability to create, deploy, and administer private WebSphere cloud environments gives customers the ability to create and manage a services oriented cloud. To provide a more in-depth look at what the appliance delivers, I’d like to take a short look at the creation, deployment, and administration capabilities to understand what each one means to the user. To get started, in order to leverage WebSphere environments in a private cloud, you need to construct WebSphere configurations optimized for such a virtual environment. Using WebSphere CloudBurst you can do just that. WebSphere CloudBurst ships a virtual image packaging of the WebSphere Application Server called WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition. From this new virtual image offer... (more)

IBM Announces New Cloud Offerings

IBM announced new offerings today that will help WebSphere users to leverage both public and private clouds. Two new offerings, the WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition and the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, help users construct private WebSphere cloud environments. In addition, more WebSphere offerings are being made available in the form of Amazon Machine Images. This allows users to utilize IBM WebSphere enterprise class software in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition is a virtualized packaging of the ... (more)

An Application-Centric View of Cloud Computing

A recent survey from F5 indicates that the cloud computing movement is making significant headway despite what some may see as mere fluff and hype. The survey, comprised of employees from large enterprises (2500+ employees), indicated that 82% of respondents are in some stage of public cloud use/trial and that 83% were in some stage of private cloud use/trial. Apparently, at least for the respondents in this survey, cloud computing has officially arrived. If we are to believe that cloud computing adoption is on a serious up-tick, what should we look to as the next wave or focus in ... (more)

Five Reasons to Choose a Private Cloud

As enterprise interest in cloud computing offerings and concepts continues to increase, the number of solutions in both the public and private cloud spaces increases as well. There's been much debate over public versus private cloud, even to the point of debating whether there can be such a thing as a private cloud. I'm not here to debate the latter (in my opinion the location of the service has nothing to do with whether or not it is a cloud), but rather I want to take a look into why consumers would choose private clouds over their public counterparts. During the last several ... (more)

Don't Fumble the Hand-off

Imagine for a moment that you’re a software developer who has been charged with adding a new feature into your company’s billing system application that allows bills to be automatically sent to customers via email. You spend weeks, possibly months, working on the new function, and then at some point you move to the unit testing phase. You set up an environment, configure the product with the new feature, and then you run tests to verify that emails with valid billing information are indeed being sent as expected. Once you’re satisfied with the unit testing, it’s time to hand it o... (more)