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If you're having trouble getting your head around a single cloud deployment, please feel free to skip this article. Now if you're someone who thinks that most IT resource will eventually live in a private or public cloud-based domain, you're not alone, and you may start looking into how best to work in a multi-cloud environment. Paul Krill's article "Cerf urges standards for cloud computing" highlights cloud interoperability and portability issues discussed by Vint Cerf, co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol that forms the back bone of modern communication. It behooves us to consider Cerf's viewpoint on what's required for successful cloud computing.  Some of the points that he makes are as follows: Authentication/Security According to Cerf, "Strong authentication will be a critical element in the securing of clouds."  We know that authentication is a core for establishing... (more)

Support Real Healthcare Reform: Start Using HL7 v3

Health Care at Cloud Expo We all know that technology is key to reducing health care costs, eliminating dangerous errors, and eventually providing coverage for all.  I like learning from others, so while we consider ourselves innovative, there is no point in repeating mistakes made by others.  Here's a fact motivating the Dutch -- one of the leading nations in using modern technology (SOA, XML. HL7v3, Schematrons, Virtualization, Cloud computing) for solving their heath care problems: "Currently some 90.000 people (out of a population of 16 million) are hospitalized yearly due ... (more)

Does Cloud Computing Exacerbate Security and File Transfer Issues?

SOA Security at Cloud Expo Here is an interesting article by Rob Barry titled: "In SOA, cloud resources may exacerbate security and file transfers issues." It highlights significant requirements for Federated SOA especially around large file transfer using SOAP Attachments. The article makes the following interesting points: With increasing cloud adoption, there is an increase of large file transfers to external cloud providers such as Amazon S3 or Rackspace CloudFiles or to a company's internally hosted cloud.  The file size increase is driven by the a low-hanging use case for S... (more)

Using SQL Azure for SOA Quality Testing

I. INTRODUCTION Throwing its hat in the Platform as a Service (PaaS) ring, Microsoft has joined the likes for Salesforce.com and Google with its annoucement of Microsoft Azure Platform. Microsoft Windows Azure Platform provides three primary components: Windows Azure: A cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. SQL Azure: A cloud hosted relational database that removes the burdens of RDBMS installation, patching, upgrades and overall software management for relational databas... (more)

"Swamp Computing" a.k.a. Cloud Computing

Secure Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Security in the Ether, by David Talbot MIT Technology review recently published a great article titled: Security in the Ether addressing security, privacy and reliability issues resulting from cloud computing. Some of the interesting points in this article include: The cloud security threat is across two related dimensions: i) cloud resident data may be lost due to equipment/software failure or stolen by a hacker because of the shared resouce nature of cloud computing and ii) cloud data may be mishandled by the cloud provider because of technology... (more)