I recently had a great, freewheeling discussion with Daniel Raskin, Sun’s
Chief Identity Strategist. Daniel runs the Identity Buzz podcasts. We talked
about issues in identity and entitlement enforcement in SOA, compliance, and
the problems you run into as you move into new environments like the cloud.
Daniel’s post about our podcast is on his blog. You can download the
podcast directly right here.
You know that a technology has hit the mainstream when it appears in PCWorld.
Such is the case for cloud computing, a topic PCWorld considers in its recent
piece Amazon Web Services Sees Infrastructure as Commodity. Despite the
rather banal title, this article makes some interesting points about the
nature of commoditization and the effect this will have on the pricing of
services in the cloud. It’s a good article, but I would argue that it
misses an important point about the evolution of cloud services.
Of the three common models of cloud–SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS–it’s the
later, In... (more)
Iron Mountain, the well known information management company, is exiting the
cloud storage business. The company announced yesterday that they will be
phasing out their basic cloud storage services by 2013. Iron Mountain isn’t
the first provider to turn its back on the cloud just as the space is getting
off of the ground; but it is probably the most high profile company to exit
I’ve always liked Iron Mountain because the name makes me think of the
Hobbit (remember Dain of the Iron Hills?) In fact I think that Iron Mountain
is one of the all time great company name... (more)
What is the cloud, really? Never before have we had a technology that suffers
so greatly from such a completely ambiguous name. Gartner Research VP Paolo
Malinverno has observed that most organizations define cloud as any
application operating outside their own data centre. This is probably as
lucid a definition as any I’ve heard.
More formalized attempts to describe cloud rapidly turn into essays that
attempt to bridge the abstract with the very specific, and in doing seem to
miss the cloud for the clouds. Certainly the most effective comprehensive
definition has come from the ... (more)
We have worked with many APIs here at Layer 7. And over time we’ve seen it
all, ranging from the good to the bad. We even see the downright ugly. Now a
good API is a beautiful thing; it encourages innovation, abstracts
appropriately, and is designed with enough forethought that nobody needs to
change it down the road. Resiliency is a good quality in an API. APIs are a
little like cockroaches in that they will likely outlive the human race.
But what about the other ones? The ugly and bad ones? This is where
developers could use some guidance.
Truth is, good API design isn’t really... (more)