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Dustin Amrhein

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Not too long ago, I wrote a post about IBM's then very recent acquisition of a mobile application platform company called Worklight. Given the fact that is has been a while (at least in mobile market time) and IBM recently released (6/15) the new IBM Worklight 5.0 product, I thought it was a good time to revisit the topic. First things first, the acquisition of Worklight by IBM and the subsequent release of IBM Worklight does not change the nature of the solution. It is still a mobile application platform, and it still provides the end-to-end capabilities that you probably (or at least should) expect from such a solution. At a high level, those capabilities address the following needs: - Application development and build: IBM Worklight provides a robust development environment called IBM Worklight Studio that allows you to quickly construct mobile applications for m... (more)

What Does Elastic Really Mean?

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In terms of cloud computing in application environments, elasticity is perhaps one of the more alluring and potentially beneficial aspects of this new delivery model. I'm sure that to many of those responsible for the operational and administrative aspects of these application environments, the idea that applications and associated infrastructure grows and shrinks based purely on demand, without human intervention mind you, sounds close to a utopia. While I would never dispute that such capability can make life easier and your environments muc... (more)

What's the Big Deal About Cloud APIs?

APIs for cloud are important. Based on the number of writings, conference sessions, and Twitter blasts endorsing the cloud API movement, I think this is something on which we can all agree. However, I sometimes get the feeling that we just accept the fact that the API movement is important without really stopping to ask a very basic question: ‘Why are APIs for cloud important?' Now, if you asked this question to a room full of people at say, a cloud conference, you are undoubtedly going to get some amount of variance in the answers. I would wager a guess that the terms automatio... (more)

IBM Announces New Cloud Offerings

IBM announced new offerings today that will help WebSphere users to leverage both public and private clouds. Two new offerings, the WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition and the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, help users construct private WebSphere cloud environments. In addition, more WebSphere offerings are being made available in the form of Amazon Machine Images. This allows users to utilize IBM WebSphere enterprise class software in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition is a virtualized packaging of the ... (more)

Bringing Cloud Computing to SOA

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)