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Dustin Amrhein

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Much of the initial focus in cloud computing has been on environment deployment. Specifically, it seems like we spend quite a bit of time talking about how cloud building blocks such as virtualization, automation, and standardization will lead to the kind of nimbleness and efficiency previously very hard to attain. While these are all valid and very important points, I think it's time we push the conversation forward concerning what elements of cloud users should expect to derive value from -- especially in the PaaS arena. I think we can all agree that users leveraging PaaS solutions will benefit from the standard qualities we have associated with cloud for the past few years. In other words, there is certainly nothing about PaaS that jeopardizes rapid deployments, better asset utilization, improved consistency in deployed environments, etc. It is important to reco... (more)

Here Comes WebSphere CloudBurst 2.0

Just over a year ago, IBM announced the availability of the initial version of the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. Today, an announcement signals the coming availability of WebSphere CloudBurst 2.0, and that brings the major release count up to three in a period of about 12 months (the release of 1.1 came at the end of last year). You can read the announcement for yourself, but here is a quick overview of the new features and enhancements delivered in the latest version: -         WebSphere Process Server support: You can now provision fully functional, virtualized WebSphere Proc... (more)

How Are You Building Your Cloud?

"What are the use cases you want to pursue with your enterprise cloud project?" The question seems innocuous enough, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is anything but. If you asked five people from different teams within the same company to each give you three use cases, you would end up with 15 different scenarios. Such is the case in the current enterprise landscape where points of view on cloud vary about as much as you can imagine. Each organizational fiefdom has its own set of pain points, challenges, and initiatives to tackle, and each one of those teams... (more)

Forget Defining Cloud Computing

Early Bird Savings for Cloud Expo Defining cloud computing has proven to be nearly impossible. Ask ten different people and you'll get ten different answers. Countless discussion groups, blogs, articles, etc. have attempted to give their own take on cloud computing, and all to no avail. The industry just can't agree on a common definition. With that in mind, perhaps it's time to move past trying to define the cloud and look into the common characteristics of such solutions. Many of us have heard or read about some of these cloud characteristics, so I thought I would offer up my t... (more)

The Convergence of IaaS and PaaS

I would venture a guess that many cloud service providers are happy with cloud conversations going on in enterprises today. I say this because, at least in my experience, enterprises are truly starting to seek out and embrace the idea of PaaS. Many times these enterprises have adopted or are adopting an IaaS approach, and they are looking to push the cloud up the stack. They want to address their application platforms and applications. This is refreshing and exciting, but also extremely challenging. Why, you ask? It is challenging because this is leading to a convergence of IaaS ... (more)