JANUARY 8, 2014 02:00 PM EST
When we talk about the impact of BYOD and BYOA and the Internet of Things, we
often focus on the impact on data center architectures. That's because there
will be an increasing need for authentication, for access control, for
security, for application delivery as the number of potential endpoints
(clients, devices, things) increases. That means scale in the data center.
What we gloss over, what we skip, is that before any of these "things" ever
makes a request to access an application it had to execute a DNS query.
Every. Single. Thing.
Maybe that's because we assume DNS can handle the load. So far it's done
well. You rarely, if ever, hear of disruptions or outages due directly to the
execution of DNS. Oh, there has been some issues with misconfiguration of DNS
and of exploitation of DNS (hijacking, illicit use in reflection attacks,
This is a no-hype, pragmatic post about why I think you should consider
architecting your next project the way SOA and/or microservices suggest. No
matter if it’s a greenfield approach or if you’re in dire need of
refactoring. Please note: considering still keeps open the option of not
taking that approach. After reading this, you will have a better idea about
whether building multiple small components instead of a single, large
component makes sense for your project.
This post assumes that you have experience with software architecture and
services (you’ll find some words about my experience on the bottom of this
post). I won’t go into the details of Wikipedia’s or Martin Fowler’s
definitions per se. Much more I will talk about what microservices and/or SOA
could and should do for your project.
Microservices? SOA? Both? None?
I’ll leave it up to you if they are bot... (more)
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A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype
around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it
is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development
just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT
performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be
quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will
come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps
model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps
Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project.
Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the
walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a
misunderstanding around Operations real purp... (more)
Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog
Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at
SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As
someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there
are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so
on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit.
Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s
Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
A few general comments on the conference.
First and foremost, cloud computing is happening. There was a lot of
excitement and optimism throughout the event. And frankly this was quite
contrasting to the SOA keeping talking about whether SOA is getting anywhere,
how to justify SOA projects, whether it is a journey or a destination, and so
This was... (more)
HP launched a home server designed for use with both Windows and Mac
computers Monday. Based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server platform, the HP
MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 is a central repository for automatically
backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from
multiple computers on a home network.
According to HP, the MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across
all PCs, streams media across a home network and the Internet, and publishes
photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.
"A growing number of digital-savvy households have both Windows and Mac
computers, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of media files and documents
scattered across these devices," said Jason Zajac, vice president of
strategy, Worldwide Attach Group, HP. "The HP MediaSmart Server protects,
stores and organizes this content from a... (more)
At its core DevOps is all about collaboration. The lines of communication
must be opened and it takes some effort to ensure that they stay that way.
It's easy to pay lip service to trends and talk about implementing new
methodologies, but without action, real benefits cannot be realized. Success
requires planning, advocates empowered to effect change, and, of course, the
To bring about a cultural shift it's important to share challenges. In simple
terms, ensuring that everyone knows what everyone else is doing can create a
real team spirit and social cohesion that will drive DevOps forward. Here are
six tips that can be implemented to help you get there.
A daily team meeting where people get an opportunity to review their progress
by addressing three simple questions:
What did I do yesterday? What will I do today? What might block me fro... (more)
In this article, which focuses on the impact of Ajax on mobile application
development only (i.e. he does not discuss Ajax in general), SOA Web Services
Edge speaker Ajit Jaokar contends that - since his e-mail, calendar and other
applications are on the web, and he can store all my documents on the web,
all he needs is a browser. "One client to rule them all! Thus, today I would
use a ‘browser-only PC’," he adds.
Earlier this year, I published an article called AJAX for Mobile Devices Will
Be the Hallmark of "Mobile Web 2.0" in 2006.
It created quite a stir .. and I am thankful for all the feedback.
Specifically, I would like to thank C Enrique Oritiz , Thomas Landspurg ,
Paul Golding and Jan Standal (Opera) for their feedback.
Special thanks go to Paul Golding for brainstorming some of the ideas in this
article with me.
I did not intend to write a follo... (more)
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here
are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with...
RANDY BIAS | @randybias
"Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.]
That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)
As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure, Hosting.com's
CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide
cloud computing momentum continues to grow.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal surveys a globe-girdling network of
leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology
commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come.
Contributors include Salesforce.com's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces,
Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan
Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan
Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information
Technology in Germany.
Director, Platform Research - Salesforce.com
Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK
from 1... (more)
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There will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Every
smart device vendor has an app. If you're lucky, the vendor also offers an
API. This is good for developers but what about for consumers? Consumers want
their devices to communicate with each other and control everything from one
app (or with their voice or automatically based on events or location). Do we
really want to manage all of these devices? Are we ready for devices to make
their own decisions via artificial intelligence? What if there was a skynet
operating system that allowed devices to automatically connect to a mesh
network and become aware of other devices and communicate with them as
needed? What if skynet could deliver the promise of true automation and
Learn the latest from IoT pioneer Chris Matthieu in his session at