By Ryan Cloutier –
Gartner has named IBM the market leader in the application infrastructure and middleware space. According to Gartner, IBM holds a 32.6 percent market share – nearly double that of its closest competitor. This is the tenth consecutive year that IBM has led in Gartner’s market estimation. The worldwide market for application infrastructure and middleware grew 7.3 % and totals $7.6 billion, while IBM grew 14.4 percent. IBM also holds leadership positions in key submarkets determined to be growing faster than the overall IT field as well as the message-oriented middleware market, the transaction processing monitor market and the combined markets of enterprise service bus suites and integration appliances.
By Alan Earls
What are emerging cloud computing best practices? According to Jignesh Shah, vice president for Business Infrastructure Products & Solutions at Software AG, one of the emerging best practices is to centralize internal access to all cloud services through a ‘gateway’ or service intermediary. “This results in a single perch that can be used to govern both internal consumers of the service and the third-party provider of the service,” he explains. Continued »
Java innovator James Gosling, who left the employ of new Java steward Oracle shortly after its merger with Sun last year, has gone to work for Google, the first company Oracle sued for Java patent infringement.
In a blog entry, Gosling wrote:
Through some odd twists in the road over the past year, and a tardis encountered along the way, I find myself starting employment at Google today.
One of the toughest things about life is making choices. I had a hard time saying “no” to a bunch of other excellent possibilities.
In closing, Gosling admitted he was something of, er, a grump.
I don’t know what I’ll be working on. I expect it’ll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon.
SOA is still going strong. Businesses that already use SOA are expanding their SOA initiatives and new businesses are starting to adopt SOA and to implement SOA technologies. The first-time SOA infrastructure purchase is shifting from ESBs to other technologies. Continued »
The fruits of recent Java community efforts were on display at TheServerSide Java Symposium last week in Las Vegas. There for view were the efforts of people who are maneuvering Java into the next computing era. TSS JS proved that new languages are moving on to the JVM, SOA middleware is moving forward, and the much awaited new JDK is again making progress. Continued »
Governance is one of the essential elements of SOA. It is also one of those aspects of SOA that is likely to come to the fore in cloud computing. Service dependencies that are inherent in composite applications are hard enough to track as it is. There is every reason to believe these dependencies will be just as imprtant to understand and track as appliation move to the cloud architecture, whether that is a public cloud, a private cloud or a hybrid. Continued »
Experienced SOA services developers are in a good position to make the leap to cloud computing services, but they may need new modeling tools and methods along the way. You can count modeling notations for cloud among such tools. Continued »
IBM unleashed Watson, a computer designed with the singular purpose of playing, and winning, the TV quiz show Jeopardy. In his first public attempt, Watson went up against the two top Jeopardy players in Jeopardy history. He literally murdered his human competition. Well, no, not literally. Although he did sound at least a little bit like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Continued »
XML tool maker Altova has updated its MissionKit integrated suite of XML, database and UML tools to include data streaming output for data transformation projects, code generation direct from state machine diagrams, and newly supported report chart types.
As RESTful non-XML applications have gained attention, continued uptake of XML has been somewhat overshadowed. But David McGahey, Product Marketing Manager at Altova, can attest to its growing use, as various industries and compliance efforts center on XML as a data interchange format.
“XML is becoming more and more pervasive. It is the predominant language for exchanging data,” said McGahey. Continued »