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 today for Cloud Governance.
It turns out that cloud governance, while a logical evolution of SOA
governance, has a number of unique characteristics all its own. One of these
is the re-distribution of roles and responsibilities around provisioning,
security, and operations. Self-service is a defin... (more)
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) needs your help to better understand the
risk associated with cloud threats. Earlier this year, the CSA convened a
working group with the mandate to identify the top threats in the cloud. This
group brought together a diverse set of security and cloud experts, including
myself representing Layer 7. Our group identified 7 major threats that exist
in the cloud, but now we would like to gauge how the community as a whole
perceives the risk these threats pose.
I would like to invite you to participate in a short survey so we can get
your input. This... (more)
Cloud is now mature enough that we can begin to identify anti-patterns
associated with using these services.
Keith Shaw from Network World and I spoke about worst practices in the cloud
last week, and our conversation is now available as a podcast.
Come and learn how to avoid making critical mistakes as you move into the
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)
Is SOA ready to move from the whiteboards and into production IT? As you
might have guessed, the answer remains a disappointing sort of. The issue
comes down to tools and infrastructure, and the fact that only some SOA
components are mature and easy to source. The application server market is
largely commoditized and the world is awash with IDEs that automatically
generate and deploy SOA components from new or legacy code. Given these two
pieces, you can begin deploying services tomorrow.
This is fine until you need to scale, then the missing pieces in the puzzle
will become app... (more)