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Dustin Amrhein

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As with most new technologies, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance inspires a healthy set of questions. As usual most of the questions are about features, capabilities, use cases, etc., yet there is one question that is quite frequent but a bit of an outlier from the preceding categories. Personally, I'm not sure I've talked to a group about WebSphere CloudBurst without getting this question. What's the question? "Why is WebSphere CloudBurst an appliance?" It is a very fair question and one whose frequency used to surprise me. I guess I should have seen it coming because save the WebSphere DataPower Appliance, the brand isn't typically associated with hardware. In this particular case though, I can confidently say the appliance was exactly the right form factor for the offering, and it comes down to three main reasons: Consumability Capability Security In general, app... (more)

Should Developers Care About Cloud Computing?

It seems like just about every cloud computing discussion with a development audience results in the same question being asked: “Why does this matter to me?” As cloud computing first appears to be primarily an operational-centric paradigm, it is easy to understand the reason this is asked. This question can be answered in a variety of ways. Some may say that cloud computing doesn’t affect the developer in any way, while others will say developers need to totally revamp their skill set to cope with the new landscape proffered by cloud computing. The truth, as always, is somewhere ... (more)

The Federal Cloud Journey

Over the past few months it has been interesting to see the federal government's embracement of cloud computing. The catalyst for much of this seems to have been the appointment of Vivek Kundra to the Federal CIO position. Mr. Kundra was an advocate of cloud computing during his role as CTO of the District of Columbia as he pushed for the use of cloud-based services in the local government (a push that continues today). In his new role, Mr. Kundra has continued to advance the notion of using cloud computing to drive efficiency and innovation into the government's IT operations. I... (more)

PaaS Deployment Models

Rapid deployment capability is table stakes when we are talking about a PaaS solution. Every vendor touts it, and to be frank, every user simply expects it to be there. While I think it is interesting to talk about rapid deployment and perhaps compare speed of one solution to that of another, I think it is infinitely more interesting to talk about the mechanics of deployment for a particular solution. That is, I think the more interesting and important question is ‘What deployment style does a particular solution take?' At a very high, black and white level, I think two primary ... (more)

Five Ways Cloud Computing Strengthens IT

Much of the focus on cloud computing to date revolves around the ways in which cloud computing delivers significant administrative and operational benefits. After all, the more dynamic, autonomic capabilities promised by cloud could go a long way in relieving some of the burden in managing large, complex IT infrastructure operations. Sometimes lost in the cloud computing benefits discussion is how cloud computing enhances development and test groups in an enterprise.  I can think of five different ways in which cloud computing strengthens development and test groups: 1) Self-serv... (more)