This year’s VMworld conference saw the announcement of VMware’s new
vCloud Director product, a culmination of the vision for the cloud computing
the company articulated last year and a significant step forward in providing
a true enterprise-grade cloud. This is virtualization 2.0—a major rethink
about how IT should deliver infrastructure services. VMware believes that the
secure hybrid cloud is the future of enterprise IT, and given their success
of late it is hard to argue against them.
vCloud Director (vCD) is interesting because it avoids the classic
virtualization metaphors rooted in the physical world—hosts, SANs, and
networks—and instead promotes a resource-centric view contained with the
virtual datacenter (VDC). vCD pools resources into logical groupings that
carry an associated cost. This ability to monetize is important not just in
public clouds, but for ... (more)
Sometimes I wonder if anyone, in the entire history of computing, has every
bothered to read and consider the contents of a typical End User License
Agreement (EULA). Some Product Manager, I suppose (though truthfully, I’m
not even sure of this one).
The EULA, however, is important. It’s the foundation of an important
consent ceremony that ends with only one effective choice: pressing OK. This
much-maligned step in every software installation is the only real binding
between an end user and a provider of software. Out of this agreement emerges
a contract between these two partie... (more)
Business has long pursued the goal of making IT more of a strategic tool and
less of a necessary evil. Organizations are constantly looking for easier,
cheaper, and more logical ways to build applications and unite the silos of
functionality they still depend on. One approach that has met with some
success is the concept of just-in-time integration - a technique to combine
new functionalities as quickly and cheaply as required, whether they reside
inside an organization or outside of it (i.e., with a business partner).
From the architectural perspective, just-in-time integration ... (more)
Cloud Security Journal on Ulitzer
Two weeks ago, I delivered a webinar about new security models in the cloud
with Anne Thomas Manes from Burton Group. Anne had one slide in particular,
borrowed from her colleague Dan Blum, which I liked so much I actually
re-structured my own material around it. Let me share it with you:
This graphic does the finest job I have seen of clearly articulating where
the boundaries of control lie under the different models of cloud computing.
Cloud, after all, is really about surrendering control: we delegate
management of infrastructure, application... (more)
SOA in the Cloud
It’s that time when we look back on one year and forward to the next.
Over at the eBizQ forum Peter Schooff asked about SOA’s past and future:
What Developments in SOA Are You Most Thankful For This Year?
What Do You Think Will be the Biggest Trend or Development for SOA in 2010?