If you are a technology vendor, chances are that your users want to know what
you are doing in the cloud. IBM is certainly no different. I get user queries
all the time asking about the IBM cloud strategy or IBM cloud solutions.
Specifically, perhaps owing to my role, I get many questions about what we
are doing in the cloud with our application middleware products. The simple
answer is quite a bit. Of course, that answer only raises more questions and
usually starts some interesting discussions.
This is why I am looking forward to an upcoming series of webcasts and
podcasts that make up the Enabling Cloud Computing with WebSphere campaign.
The campaign will provide a nice overview of the WebSphere cloud strategy as
well as a deep dive into various solutions. The Global WebSphere Community is
presenting the campaign, and you can check it out and sign up here.
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
I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the number of companies already involved
in cloud computing. We’ve all seen the reports ... (more)
A couple of weeks ago, I dropped by the Intel Developer Forum to present a
session and listen in on a few others. As always in these types of shows, I
learned quite a bit. Most strikingly though, I was reminded of something that
is probably quite obvious to many of you: Consumer interest in cloud
computing will not be letting up any time soon.
Based on this, and some of the other things I heard at the show, I decided to
catch up with fellow IBMer Marc Haberkorn. Marc is an IBM Product Manager and
is responsible for IBM Workload Deployer amongst other things. I asked him
about IB... (more)
There’s no shortage of opinions on how cloud computing and SOA are related.
Just plug the phrase into your favorite search engine and you’ll have a
day’s worth of reading. What you are likely to find are articles discussing
how SOA led to cloud computing, how a good SOA is a prerequisite to leverage
cloud computing, or how to leverage cloud computing in your SOA. I’ve spent
quite a bit of time reading these types of articles and listening to experts
talk about SOA and cloud computing, and that got me to thinking. How can
companies bring the cloud experience to their SOA?
In orde... (more)
Recently, I attended SOAWorld 2009 in New York City, and I had the pleasure
of listening to many distinguished speakers talk about extremely interesting
topics. One of my favorite talks was given by a fellow IBMer, Kareem Yusuf.
During the course of Kareem's keynote, he discussed SOA, cloud computing, and
areas of innovation in the IT industry.
The areas of innovation were of particular interest to me, and Kareem
highlighted five of them:
1. Automation and Management
2. Elastic Applications
3. Software Delivery
4. Pricing and Licensing
5. Cloud-based services
As I look at each of th... (more)