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
Enterprise Cloud Computing document. According to the group this document
will focus on aligning business needs with cloud computing in hopes of
allowing companies that produce cloud computing technology to better
understand the needs of potential consumers. More information about the
document, inc... (more)
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)
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The new IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is a one-stop shop for creating,
deploying, and managing WebSphere virtual systems in a private cloud. It has
quite a lot of very cool features that make this a possibility, and I could
go on and on about those features. That’s not where I’m heading today
though. Recently, I’ve spent a bit of time experimenting with the
appliance, and there’s a theme throughout the entire offering that has me
truly excited to see this in the hands of users: Consumability.
It’s nice to have cool features and function, ... (more)
The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance can bring speed and agility to test
organizations by drastically increasing the pace and ease with which users
interact with WebSphere Application Server environments. I recently got a
chance to catch up with IBM's Robbie Minshall. Robbie is a WebSphere Test
Architect, and he is responsible for a team of testers that harness a lab of
over 2,000 physical machines to put our WebSphere Application Server product
through some pretty rigorous testing.
Toward the beginning of 2009 Robbie’s team started to leverage the
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance in... (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)