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The aim of the Architecture Assurance is to provide collaborative architecture processes for assuring complete implementation of the technical solutions that are aligned with the business drivers of an enterprise in a timely environment. The effective sharing of the information across ...
There is no doubt that Big Data holds infinite promise for a range of industries. Better visibility into data across various sources enables everything from insight into saving electricity to agricultural yield to placement of ads on Google. But when it comes to deriving value from dat...
Cloud computing continues to hold a great deal of promise for a variety of business and personal implementations. A lot of buzz has been generated this year with regards to the potential of cloud-based applications and web services as well as a few recent developments that highlight th...
Heartland Payment Systems moved rapidly from a security breach to an overall improved security stance largely thanks to embedding a security-as-culture position across their operations and into their business strategy. Right now, we’re number six in the US, and with consolidation and ...
Fundamentally, the client has no way of knowing anything at all about what’s really going on behind the scenes. The resource might be a file, a script, a container, an object, or some complicated combination of these and other kinds of things. There are two important lessons for the te...
What if the approach to infrastructure was one of a green fields approach or seamless migration to a pretested, pre-validated, pre-integrated, prebuilt and preconfigured product, i.e., a true Converged Infrastructure? What impact could that possibly have on the success of Visible Ops a...
Any on-premise or Private Cloud-based app that is subject to spikes in demand that existing infrastructure can’t handle should be able to benefit, so the argument goes. Unfortunately, however, Cloudbursting has a number of problems, making it challenging for even the most suitable scen...
Being 'green' has never meant so much to businesses, no matter what their industry. On one hand there are benefits to be reaped from the practicalities of going green - reducing overheads, waste, and other respective day-to-day savings. On the other hand is the notion of corporate soci...
The core realization behind Cloud-Oriented Architecture (COA) is that everything is potentially part of the Cloud. There’s nothing in the NIST definition of Cloud Computing that requires Cloud resources to live in data centers, after all. We don’t mean to say that mobile devices are in...
The Agile Manifesto places customer collaboration over contract negotiation with a keen focus on a highly skilled, motivated team in constant interaction with the product and the customer at every phase of the project. As a result of this collaborative, customer-centric view, Agile req...
Obtaining computing power from somewhere other than a privately owned data center or on-site room of servers is an increasingly big business. Gartner Research has predicted that, for the first time, the worldwide IT outsourcing market will surpass a whopping $250 billion in 2012, accor...
“Cloud computing represents a paradigm shift for IT, transforming computing power into a utility,” observed James Weir, CTO and Co-Founder of UShareSoft, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “While cloud adoption remains in the early stages,” Weir conti...
NIST defines cloud computing as a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...
Too often, Information Technology leadership lives in its own world, far removed from business decision-making. This can result in IT being an easy target for blame. If everything goes well, IT is a high-spend cost center. If things go poorly, then IT isn't doing its job. Non-strategic...
Has cloud computing matured yet? This is of course the $64,000 question and if we knew the answer to this poser we would all be a lot clearer on the general ‘state of the virtualized multi-tenant nation’ than perhaps we are today. What we see happening at the coalface of average compa...
This book is much more than just a cookbook with a bunch of recipes in it. I have used plenty of cookbooks and they are never readable from cover to cover. I usually just familiarize myself with the recipes that are available, read the ones interesting to me at the time, and throw them...
We have entered the “Age of Big Data” according to a recent New York Times article. This comes as no surprise to most organizations already struggling with the onslaught of data coming from an increasing number of sources and at an increasing rate. The 2011 IDC Digital Universe Study r...
The open source world is experiencing some watershed developments that are pushing enterprise-level technologies into a new space that CIOs must now take heed of. Open source, open standards, open data, open platforms and open clouds are now driving our collective technology futures f...
Jim Barksdale is a pretty quotable guy, work for him for a few years like I did at Netscape and you leave with a small library of "Barksdalisms" that just stick with you. One of Jim's sayings was, "It ain't dogfood unless the dog comes off the porch to eat it...". While Jim was makin...
“We have 25,000 Eucalyptus Clouds started up every year, over 20% of the Fortune 100 running Eucalyptus, and more reference deployments last year than all of our competitors put together,” noted Brady Murray, Vice President of Alliances for Eucalyptus Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interv...
IT costs were always a worry, but only an occasional one. Cloud computing has changed that. Here's how it used to be. The New System was proposed. Costs were estimated, more or less accurately, for computing resources, staff increases, maintenance contracts, consultants and outsourcin...
OpenXava is a framework for Rapid Java Web Development, well-suited for business and database oriented applications. OpenXava allows you develop applications just by writing simple domain classes with Java or Groovy. The user interface is generated automatically in runtime, without co...
Cloud computing, powered by open source technology, is driving enterprise adoption. This leads to better business case viability to transform IT through innovative initiatives. At the recent Red Hat summit in Boston the company took the unusual step of combining financial analysts an...
Technologists will no doubt be working to refine the process of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for many millennia to come. Application ‘rudiments’ from physical code through to more ‘elemental’ features including performance, robustness and interoperability will be forever fine...
Two years ago, Rackspace joined a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists to create an open source cloud computing platform that can be used with both private and public cloud formats. Now the code for the program, OpenStack, is freely available and is bein...
The explosion of big data and the need for faster data are spurring a search for data scientists as well as data architects. It’s no secret that rocket .. err … data scientists are in short supply. The explosion of data and the corresponding explosion of tools, and the knock-on impact...
After OpenStack was announced at OSCON in the summer of 2010, the degree of momentum behind this new open source platform has been nothing short of spectacular. Startups and enterprises alike have placed their strategic bets to monetize the OpenStack wave in various ways. As an ecosyst...
Vertica - an advanced database that is very simple to install and administer, thanks to the its modern design and purpose built architecture. Vertica is high-performing, advanced RDBMS that is very simple to install and administer, thanks to the its modern design and purpose built ar...
In 2011, the cloud computing market continued to mature, driven by the development of enterprise-class cloud virtualization infrastructure and a strong focus on security, stability and scalability of cloud solutions. We also began to see growth in new categories of value-added cloud se...
WebSphere eXtreme Scale can be used in different ways. It can be used as a very powerful cache or as a form of an in-memory database processing space to manage application state or as a platform for building powerful Extreme Transaction Processing (XTP) applications.
Is MapReduce the Holy Grail answer to the pressing problem of processing, analyzing and making sense of large and growing data volumes? Certainly it has potential in this arena, but there is a distressing gap between the amount of hype this technology – and its spinoffs – has received ...
This is the second article covering the functionality provided by the new OpenNebula Zones (oZones) component available in the third major release of OpenNebula. In a previous article, we described its Virtual Data Center (VDC) functionality that is helping many IT organizations make t...
One of Cloud’s little secrets is the lack of portability for applications delivered using the “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model. Many companies sign up for SaaS applications with the belief that it’ll be easy for them to migrate to another if they need to. But that runs against the ...
Open source developers and communities operate in a similar fashion as venture capitalists and technologists in Silicon Valley. Open source communities share the same merits: participation, collaboration, communication, interaction, and innovation. The World Is Flat author Thomas Frie...
If you plan to appear for a TOGAF foundation level certification or part 1 exam, one of the difficulties you will face is a lack of free sample questions. Some questions are provided as a part of the study guide, but if you want to more practice then you will have tough time locating a...
Enterprise architecture ought to be about the entire enterprise, because that’s what the name implies. If it’s really about IT, it ought to be called enterprise IT architecture. It is my impression, from what I read and hear in many enterprise and business architecture blogs and forum...
This year has seen some great progress for the OpenNebula project, with the release of the most advanced and flexible enterprise-ready cloud management tool, and the continued growth of an active and engaged open-source community. As 2010 draws to and end, we'd like to review what this...
The OpenNebula Project has published the top ten reasons for using OpenNebula to build a cloud infrastructure. These reasons reflect the design principles of OpenNebula as technology designed to address the requirements of business use cases from leading companies. This is the summari...
The learning that has occurred in the Western markets have produced a body of knowledge in TOGAF that can accelerate for other companies the way they adopt and improve their ability to deliver on strategy, planning, and execution. We've assembled a panel to examine the key market tren...
With heightened pressure on today’s businesses from the current global economic woes, figuring out what to do next on many business and technology decision-making levels, and making sure they are the right moves, can make or break your business. Take a moment to consider the following ...