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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)

IBM Acquires Worklight

How about we start this post off with some facts? - Mobile data traffic exceeded voice traffic in 2010 (Wireless Industry News, August 26, 2010) - Shipments of smartphones exceeded the shipment of PCs for the first time in 2011 (2011 Economist) - Ten billion mobile connected devices are expected to be in use by 2020 (2011 Economist) - 74% of surveyed CIOs indicated mobile capabilities were a top investment priority over the next three to five years (2011 IBM Global CIO Study) As you may surmise from the above, the mobile computing space is hot. Companies are already doing mobile... (more)

WebSphere CloudBurst in Test Organizations

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... (more)

Improving Virtualization with Standards and Interoperability

I suppose it's a function of the company I work for (IBM) and in particular the organization I work within (WebSphere), but much of my focus and interest in the cloud computing space has been on application infrastructure running in the cloud (PaaS). Specifically, I'm keen on offerings that provide users with the ability to quickly provision and access application environments running in a cloud that's either on-premise or hosted elsewhere. It's in these offerings, at least in present day time, that we see a common and key technological enabler: virtualization. There are many re... (more)

Cloud Computing - More than Elasticity

Quite honestly, I am a little fascinated at the preponderance of focus the industry sometimes puts on the cloud attribute of elasticity. Sure, it is important, and in fact, a necessary attribute to truly consider something a cloud. It also makes for cool reading in case studies where companies have successfully harnessed elasticity in the cloud to reap business value. However, in my experience with enterprise users, many would benefit from a couple of less sexy, but equally important attributes of cloud: standardization and automation. When I am out talking with middleware appli... (more)