BriefingsDirect by Dana Gardner
Analyst Dana Gardner examines IT news and trends that impact software strategists to provide insights and outcomes on SOA, app dev, SaaS, enterprise infrastructure and mobile convergence.

GigaSpaces announces new product for enterprise PaaS and ISV SaaS enablement

Perhaps the transition to cloud and the need for ISVs to be seduced with openness, what GigaSpaces calls "silo free", will allow for new round of choice and productivity.

Open Group conference focuses on role and impact of enterprise architecture

Keynote presentation speakers include Dawn Meyerriecks, assistant director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology and Facilities, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; David Mihelcic, CTO, the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency; and Jeff Scott, senior analyst, Forrester Research.

Move to cloud increasingly requires adoption of modern middleware to support PaaS, dynamic workloads

You want your PaaS to be a one-stop-shop for business service production and that means from the very beginning to the very end. You have to tenant and support your customers all along the way. So it really takes the vertical stack, which is the way we currently think about cloud in terms of IaaS, and fans it out horizontally.

Salesforce revs up the cloud data tier era with Database.com

Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going far beyond the plain vanilla elastic, pay-as-you-go variety of database and storage services that have come to the market in the past few years.

Dave Shirk on how HP's Instant-On Enterprise takes aim at new demands on businesses, governments

What we’ve launched with this vision is to put the foundations in place to make that possible and take a journey with our clients both from the business side and government side and help them move down that particular path, find ways to navigate these challenges and these trends, and to out-serve and to over-serve all the audiences that they need to meet the needs of.

rPath rBuilder 5.8 targets 'deployment dysfunction' for Windows apps, expands from Linux base

For most IT organizations, deploying Windows apps into production is complex, cumbersome, and time-consuming. That complexity can lead to long delays in full deployments that leave a dark cloud hanging over service levels and business agility.

Cloud-based commerce network helps SMB manufacturer reach new markets, streamline transactions

With the cloud solutions, there is very little IT on either end. I'd imagine that it's even easier now than it was with the paper system before, because we can communicate to their end-users that we’re out here, and we’re ready to be bought from.

SpotCloud aims to create online spot market for buying and selling cloud capacity

SpotCloud uses the concept of Random Access Compute Capacity, similar to cloud bursting or the dynamic deployment of a software application that runs on internal organizational compute resources to a public cloud to address a spike in demand.

Demise of enterprise IT departments: A pending crisis point

If it no longer matters where your IT is physically located and whether or not you actually own or operate the IT systems you depend on, then what IT department do you really need and what are they really doing?

Sonoa becomes Apigee, offers new and rebranded API management and analysis product lines

While Sonoa originally offered a free API tools and management platform, Apigee now offers three product lines for enterprises, developers, and API providers of all sizes.

HP Business Service Automation portfolio gives IT the tools it needs to compete with clouds

The BSA offerings come at a crossroads for enterprise IT. The fact is that IT can no longer just compete against its own past practices and cost structures. There's a looming gulf between what IT costs the IT department to provide and what a small army of outside hosts is coming to market with.

Process automation elevates virtualization use while transforming IT's function to service broker

Automation, policy-driven processes and best practices are offering more opportunities for optimizing virtualization so that server, storage, and network virtualization can move from points of progress into more holistic levels of adoption.

HP eyes automated apps deployment, 'standardized' private cloud creation with CloudStart package

I see the self-service portal as a critical differentiator, and could also lead to what we think of the "app stores" model for consumer and entertainment uses moving to the enterprise apps space. Because once a private cloud has been deployed, and if managed via a HP portal, applications in a service catalog via the portal could be then chosen and deployed in a common manner, all with a managed pay-as-you go metered model or other SLAs.

Platform Computing steps up with easy-entry solution for building private clouds

The $4,995 Starter Pack announcement comes as a slew of vendors are focused on the adoption path for private clouds. More private cloud developments are expected at next week's VWworld conference.
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Trio of cloud companies collaborate on new private cloud platform offerings

The technology value triumvirate of newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus—with solution practice experience of MomentumSI—is an excellent example of the ecosystem approach most likely to become the way that private cloud models actually work for enterprises for the next few years.
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Cloud computing's ultimate value depends on open PaaS models to avoid applications and data lock-in

Putting lock-in into your criteria is a key measure of how quickly we're going to get into the right world, versus a situation where people end up where vendors and providers have too much leverage over customers.
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Harvard Medical School use of cloud computing provides harbinger for new IT business value

I call Harvard Medical School the land of a thousand CIOs, because, in essence, we cannot mandate that anyone use central IT services, cloud services, or other things. So that sets a higher standard for us, because people have to want to use it.
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WSO2 offerings add zest to Carbon 3.0 platform for BPM, cloud construction

BPS enables developers to easily compose and orchestrate business processes using WS-BPEL. Version 2.0 adds support for two emerging open source human-centric process specifications, which are currently under OASIS standardization review. Additional new features include Scheduled instance cleanup, Java Message Service (JVM) API support, and XML Path extension support.

Analysts define business value and imperatives for cloud-based B2B ecommerce trading communities

BriefingsDirect assembled a group of IT industry analysts and executives at the recent Ariba LIVE 2010 conference to explore the business implications for ecommerce in the cloud-computing era.
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About the Author(s)
  • Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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