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Dustin Amrhein

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Recently, I attended SOAWorld 2009 in New York City, and I had the pleasure of listening to many distinguished speakers talk about extremely interesting topics.  One of my favorite talks was given by a fellow IBMer, Kareem Yusuf. During the course of Kareem's keynote, he discussed SOA, cloud computing, and areas of innovation in the IT industry. The areas of innovation were of particular interest to me, and Kareem highlighted five of them: 1. Automation and Management 2. Elastic Applications 3. Software Delivery 4. Pricing and Licensing 5. Cloud-based services As I look at each of these areas of innovation, it is pretty clear that each have a relationship with cloud computing. For instance, automating the provisioning of IT resources and effectively managing that automation are two of the key concepts of cloud computing. No more waiting around for an "administrator" to ... (more)

Introducing WebSphere CloudBurst 1.1

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 con... (more)

Do Appliances Have A Role in Cloud's Evolution?

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)

A Patterns-Based Approach for Middleware

Yesterday, I joined some colleagues on a webcast where we had a chance to talk to some of our users about the technical concepts behind WebSphere solutions for building, consuming, and integrating clouds. We discussed ways to enable autonomic, policy-driven runtimes, construct elastic, in-memory data grids, and integrate on-premise and off-premise applications. It was all fun stuff to talk about, and hopefully the webcast participants got a good look at how cloud computing is taking hold in WebSphere. Having said that, for me, one topic stood out above the rest and that topic was... (more)

Surveying Cloud and Virtualization in Application Middleware

For about two years now, I have had the opportunity to be out in the field and talk to those in the IT trenches that create, deploy, and operate middleware application infrastructure. More to the point, I have been working with them on ways that they can leverage elements of virtualization, automation, and policy-driven computing to make their work easier and more efficient. While I hope I have been able to share some helpful information and introduce some useful tools in this space, I believe I have been the largest benefactor from these interactions. I learn something each tim... (more)