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Simplifying Application Architecture in a Dynamic Data Center through Virtualization

Application architecture has never really been easy, but the introduction of virtualization may make it even less easy – unless you plan ahead Most applications today maintain at least two if not three or more "tiers" within their... Read more
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F5 Friday: Programmability and Infrastructure as Code

#SDN #ADN #cloud #devops What does that mean, anyway? SDN and devops share some common themes. Both focus heavily on the notion of programmability in network devices as a means to achieve specific goals. For SDN it’s flexibility and rapid... Read more
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Never attribute to technology that which is explained by the failure of people

#cloud Whether it’s Hanlon or Occam or MacVittie, the razor often cuts both ways. I am certainly not one to ignore the issue of complexity in architecture nor do I dismiss lightly the risk introduced by cloud computing through increased... Read more
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The API is the Center of the Application (Integration) Universe

#mobile #fasterapp #ccevent Today, at least. Tomorrow, who knows? Some have tried to distinguish between “mobile cloud” and “cloud” by claiming the former is the use of the web browser on a mobile device to access services while the latter... Read more
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Infrastructure Architecture: Whitelisting with JSON and API Keys

Application delivery infrastructure can be a valuable partner in architecting solutions …. AJAX and JSON have changed the way in which we architect applications, especially with respect to their ascendancy to rule the realm of integration, i.e.... Read more
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The Infrastructure Turk: Lessons in Services

#devops #cloud If your goal is IT as a Service, then at some point you have to actually service-enable the policies that govern IT infrastructure. My eldest shared the story of “The Turk” recently and it was a fine example of how appearances can... Read more
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Forget Hyper-Scale. Think Hyper-Local Scale.

It’s kind of like thinking globally but acting locally…  While I rail against the use of the too vague and cringe-inducing descriptor “workload” with respect to scalability and cloud computing , it is perhaps at least bringing to the fore... Read more
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5 Years Later: OpenAJAX Who?

Five years ago the OpenAjax Alliance was founded with the intention of providing interoperability between what was quickly becoming a morass of AJAX-based libraries and APIs. Where is it today, and why has it failed to achieve more prominence? I... Read more
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IT as a Service: A Stateless Infrastructure Architecture Model

The dynamic data center of the future, enabled by IT as a Service, is stateless. One of the core concepts associated with SOA – and one that failed to really take hold, unfortunately – was the ability to bind, i.e. invoke, a service at run-time.... Read more
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Infrastructure 2.0 + Cloud + IT as a Service = An Architectural Parfait

Infrastructure 2.0 ≠ cloud computing ≠ IT as a Service. There is a difference between Infrastructure 2.0 and cloud. There is also a difference between cloud and IT as a Service. But they do go together, like a parfait. And everybody likes a... Read more
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You Can’t Have IT as a Service Until IT Has Infrastructure as a Service

The underlying premise of delivering information technology “as a service” is that the services exist to be delivered in the first place. Oh, it’s on now. IT has been served with a declaration of intent and that is to eliminate IT and its... Read more
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Cloud + BPM = Business Process Scalability

Cloud is more likely to make an application deployment more – not less – complex, but the benefits are ultimately worth it. I was a bit disconcerted by the notion put forward that cloud-based applications are somehow less complex than their... Read more
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Get Out Your Crayons. We Need to Color Us Some Bits

Those eight bits in the IP header aren’t doing much of anything these days, perhaps it’s time to put them to work Back in the early days of bandwidth management, when quality of service and prioritization of traffic were on everyone’s minds... Read more
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Let’s Face It: PaaS is Just SOA for Platforms Without the Baggage

At some point in the past few years SOA apparently became a four-letter word (as opposed to just a TLA that leaves a bad taste in your mouth) or folks are simply unwilling – or unable – to recognize the parallels between SOA and cloud computing . ... Read more
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Service Virtualization Helps Localize Impact of Elastic Scalability

Service virtualization is the opposite of – and complementary implementation to – server virtualization. One of the biggest challenges with any implementation of elastic scalability as it relates to virtualization and cloud computing is... Read more
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REST API Developers Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A recent blog on EBPML.ORG entitled “REST 2010 - Where are We?” very aggressively stated: “REST is just a "NO WS-*" movement.” The arguments presented are definitely interesting but the most compelling point made is in the way that RES... Read more
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Pay No Attention to the Infrastructure Behind the Cloudy Curtain

What is needed to customize the cloud is a pair of data center ruby slippers called Infrastructure 2.0. Frank Gens of IDC discussed the “New IDC IT Cloud Services Survey: Top Benefits and Challenges” in his blog and what is not surprising is... Read more
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Users use Applications. Applications use Clouds.

Preparing for the upcoming Cloud Connect conference several speakers and presenters have put forth the proposal that no one should attempt to define cloud yet again. After all, if you’re attending the conference (and you are attending, of course... Read more
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Cloud Balancing, Reverse Cloud Bursting, and Staying PCI-Compliant

One of the concerns with cloud bursting specifically for the use of addressing seasonal scaling needs is that cloud computing environments are not necessarily PCI-friendly. But there may be a solution that allows the application to maintain its... Read more
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JSON versus XML: Your Choice Matters More Than You Think

Should the enterprise standardize on JSON or XML as their lingua franca for Web 2.0 integration? Or should they use both as best fits the application?The decision impacts more than just integration – it resounds across the entire... Read more
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JSON versus XML: Your Choice Matters More Than You Think

Should the enterprise standardize on JSON or XML as their lingua franca for Web 2.0 integration? Or should they use both as best fits the application?The decision impacts more than just integration – it resounds across the entire... Read more
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Impact of Load Balancing on SOAPy and RESTful Applications

A load balancing algorithm can make or break your application’s performance and availability It is a (wrong) belief that “users” of cloud computing and before that “users” of corporate data center infrastructure didn’t need to understand any of... Read more
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Cloud is Not a Big Switch

Why Carr’s analogy doesn’t describe today’s cloud environments and how SOA can get us closer to what he describes Back when cloud first starting drifting in to obscure the computing landscape there were a lot of parallels drawn between it and... Read more
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Rip and Replace Won’t Solve Twitter’s (Or Your) Security Problems

The “replace” in “rip and replace” essentially means getting rid of old security problems and replacing them with new ones. Twittergate is (thankfully) behind us but it’s almost assuredly going to be the case that we’ll be rehashing this one for... Read more
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Use The Source, Luke!

Is ESB just an expensive integration hub or is there more to the story than we heard… In the beginning, the ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), was marketed as much more than an integration technology. While the core of an ESB is  certainly about... Read more
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