The platform services segment of cloud is multi-faceted... to say the least.
Lately, likely spurred on by announcements like IBM Workload Deployer and
VMware Cloud Foundry, I have been thinking quite a bit about one of those
facets: environment management. To be clear, I'm not talking about management
tools for end-users, though that topic is worthy of many discussions. Rather,
I'm talking about the autonomic management capabilities for deployed
Put simply, I define autonomic management capabilities as anything that
happens without the user having to explicitly tell the system to do it. The
user may define policies or specify directives that shape the system's
behavior, but when it comes time to actually take action, it happens as if it
were magic. Cloud users, specifically platform services users, are steadily
coming to expect a certain set of manage... (more)
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 Web... (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)
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
During the last several ... (more)
IBM Session at Cloud Expo
Trying to pick apart a particular IT solution to figure out if it is right
for you and your business can be a daunting task.
Trying to do that for solutions in emerging spaces, like cloud computing, can
seem even more difficult to the point of looking almost impossible.
Case in point, at most of my WebSphere CloudBurst sessions someone (usually
multiple people) always asks how they can determine if this particular
product is right for them.
It's a good and fair question, and one that I usually answer by asking a few
questions of my own.
To best underst... (more)