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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)

You Can Help the Cloud Security Alliance Classify the Top Threats in the Cloud

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)

Top Five Mistakes People Make When Moving to the Cloud

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 cloud.   ... (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)

Is SOA Ready to Move from the Whiteboards and into Production IT?

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)