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Dustin Amrhein

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IBM expanded its software offerings on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) by delivering a WebSphere eXtreme Scale 7.0 Development AMI (Amazon Machine Image). The Development AMI can be used for development and test of commercially available applications without any IBM charges. It means, users do not pay for the WebSphere eXtreme Scale software, but only for the Amazon EC2 usage charges. In other words, the AMI can be used for as little as ten cents per hour. WebSphere eXtreme Scale provides a robust, linearly-scaling distributed caching platform for the Amazon EC2 environment. It handles very large transaction loads while remaining cost efficient, highly available and responsive. Applications running in the cloud can leverage WebSphere eXtreme Scale to increase throughput by accessing data in memory, all the while ensuring that the data remains both avai... (more)

Five Ways Cloud Computing Strengthens IT

Much of the focus on cloud computing to date revolves around the ways in which cloud computing delivers significant administrative and operational benefits. After all, the more dynamic, autonomic capabilities promised by cloud could go a long way in relieving some of the burden in managing large, complex IT infrastructure operations. Sometimes lost in the cloud computing benefits discussion is how cloud computing enhances development and test groups in an enterprise.  I can think of five different ways in which cloud computing strengthens development and test groups: 1) Self-serv... (more)

Customizing Your Private Cloud

When looking at creating a cloud of application environments, private clouds are attractive to many users because of the control, insight, and security they offer. However, besides these things, there is another key benefit afforded by private cloud application environments: customizability. Customizations in application environments are important to many enterprises since in many cases those customizations represent a competitive differentiation. For this reason, the new WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance places a high importance on allowing users to fully customize the WebSphere ... (more)

Business Scenarios for the Cloud

The Open Group recently announced the formation of the Cloud Work Group. According to the Open Group, this new group “exists to create a common understanding among buyers and suppliers of how enterprises of all sizes and scales of operation can include Cloud Computing technology in a safe and secure way in their architectures to realize its significant cost, scalability and agility benefits.” I think we can all get behind that goal, but how exactly do they plan on accomplishing such lofty aims? The Open Group is tackling this by first publishing a Business Scenarios for Enterpr... (more)

Improving Virtualization with Standards and Interoperability

I suppose it's a function of the company I work for (IBM) and in particular the organization I work within (WebSphere), but much of my focus and interest in the cloud computing space has been on application infrastructure running in the cloud (PaaS). Specifically, I'm keen on offerings that provide users with the ability to quickly provision and access application environments running in a cloud that's either on-premise or hosted elsewhere. It's in these offerings, at least in present day time, that we see a common and key technological enabler: virtualization. There are many re... (more)