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)
A common feature of cloud computing solutions is that they enable
self-service access to the services they provide. This enables users to
directly procure services from the cloud, and it eliminates the need for more
time-consuming, labor-intensive, human-driven procurement processes familiar
to many in IT.
That's not to say that a cloud computing solution should provide its services
in a free-for-all manner, letting any user take any action within the system.
There should be strict controls over the services users have access to and
the actions they can perform with those servi... (more)
Early Bird Savings for Cloud Expo
Defining cloud computing has proven to be nearly impossible. Ask ten
different people and you'll get ten different answers. Countless discussion
groups, blogs, articles, etc. have attempted to give their own take on cloud
computing, and all to no avail. The industry just can't agree on a common
definition. With that in mind, perhaps it's time to move past trying to
define the cloud and look into the common characteristics of such solutions.
Many of us have heard or read about some of these cloud characteristics, so I
thought I would offer up my t... (more)
Cloud Expo on Ulitzer
A look at several different cloud computing solutions will reveal a
technological enabler present in almost each one. The enabler I'm talking
about is the use of virtual images. I cannot think of many, if any, cloud
computing solutions that provide software elements (i.e. more than just
servers, storage, memory, etc.) that do not use virtual images in some form
Of course, one of the reasons virtual images form the backbone of many cloud
solutions is obvious. Virtual images provide the benefits of server
virtualization. We can activate many virt... (more)
Depending on the user or entity, there are likely to be any number of reasons
for them to choose a particular PaaS platform. They will make their choices
based on things like programming language support, quality of service
offerings, and pricing to name but a few. While all of those have certain
appeal, they are mostly narrow as to whom in the organization they attract.
In most cases, developers would show the most interest in the kinds of
programming languages supported, ops folks (and perhaps some developers)
would perk up at the mention of QoS offerings, and executive level IT... (more)