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A common feature of cloud computing solutions is that they enable self-service access to the services they provide. This enables users to directly procure services from the cloud, and it eliminates the need for more time-consuming, labor-intensive, human-driven procurement processes familiar to many in IT.  That's not to say that a cloud computing solution should provide its services in a free-for-all manner, letting any user take any action within the system. There should be strict controls over the services users have access to and the actions they can perform with those services. This is the only way to ensure that such solutions can actually stand up to the rigors of an enterprise environment. That being said, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance strikes a nice balance between self-service access and security. This balance enables WebSphere CloudBurst users to p... (more)

Smart Virtualization Management Solutions

Many of you are no strangers to virtualization. In fact, lots of you have been doing it in some form or fashion since the mainframe days. Virtualization is probably as hot now as it ever has been, thanks in part to the cloud fervor, but also due to the fact that it is making its way up the stack. For so long most of the virtualization focus was at the operating system layer, but now we see many examples of virtualization at the application and application middleware layer. Virtualization's march up the stack necessarily brings with it an increasing complexity, and thus the incr... (more)

New IBM Software for Amazon EC2

IBM expanded its software offerings on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) by delivering a WebSphere eXtreme Scale 7.0 Development AMI (Amazon Machine Image). The Development AMI can be used for development and test of commercially available applications without any IBM charges. It means, users do not pay for the WebSphere eXtreme Scale software, but only for the Amazon EC2 usage charges. In other words, the AMI can be used for as little as ten cents per hour. WebSphere eXtreme Scale provides a robust, linearly-scaling distributed caching platform for the Amazon EC2 env... (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)

Important Considerations to Build Cloud Computing Apps

In many cases the industry talks about cloud computing being a new and optimized approach to delivering IT services. From the point of view of application developers, cloud computing offers dynamic platforms that equip them with the capability to deliver their application in an on-demand fashion. Applications running on a cloud platform scale up and down to meet the needs of its users. So, in the face of this new delivery model for applications, should application architects and developers expect this to have an impact on application architecture and design? There are indeed con... (more)