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Reliable and Secure Gateways to the Cloud via XML and SOA Governance

Mamoon Yunus

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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 databases. AppFabric: A platform that enables users to build and manage applications easily both on-premises and in the cloud. To better understand the components offered by MS Azure, we registered for MS Azure Platform and browsed through the three components. SQL Azure turned out to be the easies... (more)

Cloud Reliability Will Be Bigger than Cloud Security for 2010-11

Security Sessions at Cloud Expo We have all the tools for securing information in a Cloud: establishing trust through identity, data privacy through encryption, and content integrity through signatures. We are overly focused on Cloud Computing Security  issues and less on reliability. This is all about to change. Following the outages experience by Amazon EC2 in 2009, another premiere cloud provide, Rackspace, suffered an outage on December 18. Using technology such as Forum Systems XML / Cloud gateways is essential for establishing multi-cloud reliability and fault tolerance. ... (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)

Virtues of Service Virtualization in a Cloud

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Service virtualization is the ability to create a virtual service from one or more predefined service files.  Service files are usually generated as a Web Service Description Language (WSDL, pronounced Wizdel, see tutorial for introduction to WSDL) file by service containers running business application developed in Java, .NET, PHP type programming languages.  Service virtualization combines and slices business services deployed independent of the operating systems, programming language or hosting location. The services may be off-premise cloud servic... (more)

Vint Cerf and Multi-Cloud Mayhem of Cloud Computing

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 conside... (more)