IBM Journal on Ulitzer
I've written numerous technical entries both here and elsewhere about the
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. The appliance is a cloud management device
that is geared towards those enterprises that for a variety of reasons
(security, privacy, performance, customization capability, existing
investment, etc.) are looking to benefit from on-premise or private clouds.
The initial version of WebSphere CloudBurst, released in June of 2009,
introduced the capability for you to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere
application environments in a cloud that they retain control over (you can
read a short article about the 1.0 version of the product here). While that
may seem straight forward enough, this can radically change the way you come
to perceive your application environments. By using this appliance-based
approach, you can achieve flexibility and agili... (more)
One objective look at the current PaaS market provides all the evidence you
need to conclude that we are in but the infancy of development for this
technology. I want to be clear here, there are some really cool (and more
importantly value-providing) offerings out there, but there is a long way to
go. Specifically, I am not convinced anyone can make a case that we have
solutions today that comprehensively address two concepts that will become
mere table-stakes in the PaaS play space.
First, there is effective abstraction and commoditization of infrastructure.
Users should have t... (more)
Recently, I read an interview with fellow IBMer, Bruce Otte, in which he laid
out IBM's Roadmap to ‘Smart Clouds' by highlighting five key areas. I'm not
going to enumerate those here, if you are interested you can check out the
interview, but there is one thing that especially caught my eye: the notion
of cloud appliances.
Even before my day job revolved around one of our cloud appliance offerings,
the idea of cloud appliances, and actually just appliances in general,
intrigued me. Coming from a background that was decidedly hardware agnostic,
which is not very uncommon when yo... (more)
Over a year ago, I posed a simple question in a post: ‘Should developers
care about cloud computing?' In the post, I went on to assert that developers
should indeed care about what was at that point a little more of an emerging
trend. Not that this was ever a controversial issue, but in light of the
growing momentum of cloud since that post, and the realization that the
effects of cloud reverberate throughout entire IT organizations, this is no
longer even a question.
So, cloud computing definitely ‘affects' developers and other technical
employees, thus they should certainly ca... (more)
I find that it is interesting and sometimes even helpful to sit down and
reflect on past experiences. That's true for life and it's true for work. In
my last post, I reflected on some of the common challenges I have seen in the
rollout of enterprise cloud projects. In this post, I want to shift gears a
bit and take one giant step back if you will. Let's talk about the common
patters for how organizations are adopting cloud in the first place.
I like to keep things as simple as possible. Remember, just because something
is simple does not make it any less true! I like to boil down ... (more)