Amazon Web Services (AWS) has just added support for a cloud-based MySQL database, called Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), giving developers an alternative to its own SimpleDB inside EC2. Also, the price of Linux EC2 instances will drop 15% as of November 1. Continued »
by Jack Vaughan
Word of the next version of Visual Studio brought as well the news that Microsoft was planning to offer its core Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server product to all Visual Studio users.
This appears to end the divergence of Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System. In its own terms, Microsoft has ”simplified the product lineup” for Visual Studio 2010. There are three basic versions expected: VS 2010 Ultimate, VS 2010 Premium and VS Professional. All are offered along with MSDN services. Visual Team Foundation Server is offered with all VS versions. But the server version of Visual Studio known as Visual Studio Team system is going away. Continued »
Two big industry players whose paths cross in strange ways are Microsoft and Oracle. They may support each others tools and data bases, but they don’t always keep the course as different products go into different revs.
A recent example of this is the ADO.NET Entity Framework… Continued »
by Rob Barry
A group of SOA experts released a SOA Manifesto on Oct. 23, which sets out in 106 words the principles they feel are most important to the popular integration strategy. While some may think of SOA as something like Enterprise Architecture, and others, agile development, the SOA manifesto walks a middle road.
Several industry thought-leaders have signed the document, including Grady Booch, Toufic Boubez, Thomas Erl and Anne Thomas Manes.
The manifesto frames SOA as something that should focus on business objectives while remaining agile and interoperable. Some of the major priorities it lays out are:
- Business value over technical strategy
- Shared services over specific-purpose implementations
- Flexibility over optimization
- Evolutionary refinement over pursuit of initial perfection
This is all very reminiscent of the Agile Manifesto, which hit the scene in 2001. It sets forward a basic set choices between conflicting principals.
The lines in the sand have been drawn. What do you think? Leave us a comment.
At the Microsoft Patterns & Practices Summit in Seattle early in October, programming guru Ted Neward gave a talk on how “the next five years will be about languages.” Though Java has been in a dominant position for many years now, Neward said languages will need to evolve to adapt to new processor architectures.
“Intel came up against a bottleneck that even they couldn’t beat,” said Neward, “the speed of light. Get used to programs running at 2 gigahertz guys, because they’re never getting faster.” Continued »
Building an Enterprise Architecture means taking a holistic look at enterprise communication and systems, but what will the tools look like? Even info systems guru Leon Kappelman said he is not certain of that – or even if the concept will wind up being called EA in the long run.
But one thing is for sure. Modern companies have grown so complex and multi-dimensional that even IT can have a tough time keeping track of everything. In this environment, operating without a solid, enterprise-wide perspective greatly increases the risk of inflexibility and oversight. This, Kappelman said, is the sort of thing that drove Wall Street into recession over the past few years.
Early process modeling enabled great progress in the industrial revolution. Could the agility EA offers drive the next business revolution?
By Rob Barry
Ahead of its anticipated formal unveiling of the Azure cloud platform at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) next month, Microsoft is firming up tool and platform details on its version of cloud architecture. Continued »
by Rob Barry
Since its launch in 1999, MercadoLibre, Latin America’s largest online marketplace, has continually outgrown its server farm. Because the company had started with Oracle DB to run its databases, it looked into Oracle’s other offerings when deciding the answer to its rapid growth would be a private cloud computing system.
“Six months ago we saw our servers growing very fast,” said Rodrigo Benzaquen, director of site operations and infrastructure at the Argentina-based company. “Month by month we had to keep adding servers for new projects.” Continued »
by Jack Vaughan
Grid and cloud computing pioneer Appistry is working with defense consultancy NJVC to create a private cloud computing environment addressing the taut security requirements of the intelligence and defense communities. An announcement was made this week at the GEOINT 2009 Symposium in San Antonio.
The two firms recently completed a proof of concept project that evaluated results as software was re-targeted at the cloud. Evaluated were an aeronautical flight navigation tool, a Web-based vertical obstruction dissemination system, and an ESRI-based on-demand chart creation utility. Continued »
At the Microsoft Patterns & Practices Summit in Redmond today, SOA and distributed architectures were the topic of considerable discussion. Rockford Lhotka, principal technical evangelist at Microsoft partner Magnetic and creator of CSLA .NET, said SOA is nothing new. But he has started to see some best practices emerge in building distributed parallel systems.
“The term SOA, frankly, frustrates me. I said a couple of years ago that the ‘S’ in SOA is a dollar sign,” said Lhotka. “Service orientation is looked at by a lot of people as this shiny new thing when it’s really something we were already doing 20 or 30 years ago called message systems.” Continued »