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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)

"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)

Federated SOA: A Pre-Requisite for Enterprise Cloud Computing

According to Massimo Pezzini, VP and Gartner Fellow, "Federated SOA is a systematic approach to large-scale, enterprise wide SOA that enables organizations to integrate semi-independent SOA initiatives. Often used to fix an initial lack of coordination, federated SOA should be proactively pursued from the inception of major, strategic SOA initiatives." -- Divide and Conquer: Taming Complexity Through Federated SOA. Successful enterprise SOA implementations build on a set of localized, project-level efforts with services that have clearly identified and accountable business and te... (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)

The Guillotine Effect of Cloud Computing

David Linthicum wrote an intriguing article titled "Cloud Computing will kill these three technologies" in which he writes obituaries for: i) Design-Time Governance ii) Older and Smaller Clouds and iii) Tier 2 Enterprise Software Providers. Of these predictions, the one that resonates most is design-time governance. Design-Time Service Governance:  I am particularly happy to see this category listed on the chopping block (from David's perspective) and here is why. Over the last decade or so, we have seen significant run-time SOA Governance deployments at the edge of an enterprise ... (more)