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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)

Setting Apart WebSphere CloudBurst

IBM Session at Cloud Expo From a constrained viewpoint, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance serves as a virtualization management solution for WebSphere application environments. In that light, I cannot tell you how many times customers ask me to delineate WebSphere CloudBurst from the other virtualization management solutions that are either out on the market or currently used in their business. I love to hear this request for two reasons: 1)      It signals that many enterprises already practice or are thinking about virtualization in the application environment space. 2)     ... (more)

Confronting The Culture of Cloud Computing

Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing. It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and looking into implementation details. Many of the companies I’ve talked with are either already leveraging cloud computing (both public and private), or they are currently researching or prototyping some sort of cloud computing solution. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the number of companies already involved in cloud computing. We’ve all seen the reports ... (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)

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)