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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 order to create the WebSphere Application Server environments needed for their testing. Robbie, can you tell us a little bit about what the WebSphere Application Server test efforts entail? In WebSphere Application Server development and test we have two primary scenarios. The first is maki... (more)

Reporting for the Cloud

Normally when you read or hear someone talk about application environments running on cloud platforms a lot of focus is put on provisioning and elasticity. Mainly the claims are that you should be able to very quickly provision full application environments on the cloud platform and that those environments should grow, and shrink, based on the demands on the system. I certainly have no argument that those capabilities are important functionality for a cloud platform, but based on some recent conversations with several different users I'm beginning to think we aren't talking enough... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: How WebSphere CloudBurst Delivers Consumability

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 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)

SOA in the Cloud: The Cloud of Services

This is a blog about the importance of cloud solutions that are organized as services. As more and more cloud computing offerings hit the market, I think it is becoming increasingly important that users understand what to look for in such solutions. It is one thing to provide something called a cloud solution, but it is quite another to do so in a way that delivers the most value, flexibility, and agility to its users. However with so many different cloud solutions and vendors out there, what should users really be looking for? I believe one of the most important things to look f... (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)