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Has it really been one whole year since my last post? I suspected I was near that milestone, but it’s still surprising to discover it has been so long. Blogs have a natural ebb and flow, governed by the irregular rhythms of the day job. But this was a pretty big ebb—maybe more accurately described as a catastrophic drought. Naturally, my absence was not lost on the spammers. That curious breed who prey on dormant blogs left me with a mountain of weirdly unctuous commentary that I needed to shovel out of the way just to get to the front door. But now that I’ve finally worked my way inside, it’s time to turn up the heat, blow out the cobwebs, and get back to work. The story of the last year, of course, is the acquisition of Layer 7 by CA Technologies. This explains my extended absence from writing. I’m no less busy than in the past, and indeed often quite a bit more, ... (more)

SOA Across Cloud Computing

SOA in the Cloud Expo I’ll be delivering a Webinar next week about Layer 7’s Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) product. ESM offers the global view of clusters of SecureSpan Gateways and the services under their management. It’s functions fall into three main areas: Enterprise-scale Management Centrally manage and monitor all Gateways and associated services across the extended enterprise and into the cloud Automated Policy Migration Centrally approve and then push policy to any Gateway across the enterprise, automatically resolving environmental discrepancies Disaster Recovery ... (more)

XML Acceleration Using Virtual Appliances

I have never met Gordon Moore. But his law? Well, Moore’s Law is my best friend. My entire career, it helped to make my work run faster. On more than one occasion, I think it may have saved my job. I like Moore’s Law a lot. Moore’s Law has had a big impact on XML acceleration. XML processing—specifically schema validation, XSLT transform and XPath query—is one of those problems that lends itself well to acceleration using specialized silicon. Tarari (now a part of LSI) is the leader in developing specialized chip sets for accelerating basic XML functions. We’ve leveraged their t... (more)

The Increasing Importance of Cloud Governance

David Linthicum published a recent article in eBizQ noting the Rise of Cloud Governance. As CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, Dave is in a good position to see industry trends take shape. Lately he’s been noticing a growing interest in cloud management and governance tools. In his own words: This is a huge hole that cloud computing has had.  Indeed, without strong governance and management strategy, and enabling technology, the path to cloud computing won’t be possible. It’s nice to see that he explicitly names Layer 7 Technologies as one of the companies that is offering solutions toda... (more)

Bridging the Enterprise and the Cloud

I’ll be speaking this Tuesday, Nov 16 at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit in Los Angeles. My talk is during lunch, so if you’re at the conference and hungry, you should definitely come by and see the show. I’ll be exploring the issues architects face when integrating cloud services—including not just SaaS, but also PaaS and IaaS—with on-premise data and applications. I’ll also cover the challenges the enterprise faces when leveraging existing identity and access management systems in the cloud. I’ll even talk about the thinking behind Dar... (more)