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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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Devops is Not All About Automation

#devops Tools are for automation, devops is for people It’s easy to get caught up in the view that devops is all about automation. That’s because right now, most of the value of devops and repeatable processes is focused on deployment of... 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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Red Herring: Hardware versus Services

In a service-focused, platform-based infrastructure offering, the form factor is irrelevant. One of the most difficult aspects of cloud, virtualization, and the rise of platform-oriented data centers is the separation of services from their... Read more
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IT Services: Creating Commodities out of Complexity

Let’s ignore the business for a moment. Why should IT be excited about IT as a Service? The focus of IT as a Service (ITaaS) is generally on the value it would provide with respect to self-service provisioning for both business and IT customers... 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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The Thing That’s Not In Your Budget

There is one little thing you’re missing from your IT budget. While it impacts manpower most of all, you’ll be feeling it throughout your budget, and see signs of it in other departments as well. You should plan for it, because it is nearly a... 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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Applying Scalability Patterns to Infrastructure Architecture

Too often software design patterns are overlooked by network and application delivery network architects but these patterns are often equally applicable to addressing a broad range of architectural challenges in the application delivery tier of... 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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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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DevCentral Top5 12/11/2009

There has been plenty to do the past couple of weeks, which means there's plenty to talk about today. Ranging from gaming to storage virtualization to interviews and more, I bring you my Top 5 picks of the week from DevCentral. And yes, of... Read more
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Virtualization Changes Application Deployment But Not Development

Cloud computing management functionality and standards are right now laser-focused on virtual machines, and most APIs include the ability to stop,start,launch,etc…at that level of the infrastructure. This is because the application is still... Read more
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WILS: Cloud Changes How But Not What

Cloud changes how we deliver applications but we’re still delivering applications With all the hype around cloud it’s easy to get caught up in deployment models and architectures and how much money it is/is not going to save us and, of course,... Read more
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If You Focus on Products You’ll Miss the Cloud

The real power behind cloud is processes, and those don’t come out of a box VMworld, in case you’ve been out of touch, is approaching fairly quickly. As with any trade show/conference there’s likely to be a lot of announcements about this and... 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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Governance: Service Catalogs and the Cloud

Can the inherent abstraction of virtualization succeed where SOA did not? My first read through a post on the Cloud Front Office led me to scoff disdainfully at the re-emergence of a concept central to a successful SOA implementation: the... Read more
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