SOA Talk

December 11, 2009  9:12 PM

Identity management for federated SOA

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Alongside the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2009 in Las Vegas this week, SOA security vendor, Forum Systems released a new identity broker hardware appliance, Forum STS.

With an increasing number of enterprises expressing interest in moving SOA into cloud computing environments, security has been and continues to be at the forefront of concerns. Offerings like this one provide a way to manage identities in a more federated environment where business unites and external trading partners become a part of the architecture. Continued »

December 9, 2009  7:51 PM

New service governance tool from Layer 7

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

At Gartner’s 22nd Annual Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit this week, Layer 7 released a new service governance tool, the Enterprise Service Manager (ESM). Traditionally a company focused on SOA security, Layer 7’s new offering allows teams of developers to manage web service policies across a variety of environments from a central location. Continued »

December 7, 2009  4:26 PM

At CMG’09 a ‘mainframe guy’ talks SOA and private cloud

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

The Computer Measurement Group’s 35th annual CMG Conference is underway and cloud computing is front and center.

In his CMG’09 talk, “A Mainframe Guy Discovers SOA and Cloud Computing,” IBM Manager of IT Training Glenn Anderson looks at the next leap for mainframes now that SOA has become a reality. Anderson has been an IBM mainframe guy all his career. He said SOA with cloud computing is one of the biggest evolutions since the client-server model hit the scene. Continued »

December 4, 2009  9:28 PM

IBM WebSphere embraces OSGi

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

It seems IBM is hopping on the OSGi bandwagon. Last month, the company announced the open alpha of WebSphere Application Server V7 OSGi Applications. This was likely good news to the OSGi alliance, which has supported the framework since 1999. Continued »

December 2, 2009  9:38 PM

Forrester study: Security concerns inhibit enterprise cloud adoption

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

As 2009, which may forever be known as the “year of the cloud,” draws to an end, Forrester Research has concluded that security is the major reason why enterprises aren’t hopping on the public cloud bandwagon.

In the survey of more than 2,200 IT executives, 49% of respondents from enterprises and 51% from small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) cited security and privacy concerns as their top reason for not using cloud computing.

The study shows low interest in the use of the on-demand hosting of virtual servers, which has not changed since 2008. Only 4% of SMBs reported using pay-per-use hosting of virtual servers. On the other hand, interest in “green IT” initiatives that reduce the electrical demands of data centers rose to 60%, up from 51% last year.

December 1, 2009  5:42 PM

BPMN with BPEL, an ongoing debate

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

While many developers still debate which tools are optimal for modeling business processes, Bruce Silver has made some strong points on why Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) does not make modeling with Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) simpler. He had seen a recent blog post by Active Endpoints CTO Michael Rowley claiming that BPMN2.0 with BPEL is simpler than the new BPMN execution language and wanted to set the record straight.

First off, BPMN and BPEL have slightly different aims. Continued »

December 1, 2009  4:28 PM

Mainframe-centric CMG conference looks at cloud

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

by Rob Barry

As the Computer Measurement Group’s (CMG) 35th annual CMG Conference kicks off in Dallas, Texas next week, cloud computing will be the center of attention. A number of sessions will cover related topics that focus on data and infrastructure management in the cloud. Continued »

November 25, 2009  5:30 PM

Grid yourself for the cloud

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

by Jack Vaughan

Have you heard the one about the private cloud? The IT staff took the “Data Center” plaque off the door and replaced it with a “Private Cloud” sign … oh, and they locked the door too.

All kidding aside, “cloud computing” has been a big story this year. But, like most would-be technology revolutions, it is actually a collection of existing technologies that come together in a slightly new way. Continued »

November 25, 2009  4:58 PM

SpringSource and Oracle back ‘Project Gemini,’ a boost for OSGi

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

This week, SpringSource and Oracle were named as the first two companies to provide committers to Project Gemini (or “Enterprise Modules”), an Eclipse runtime project meant to bring together a number of modules for enterprise application development. The project was born from the efforts of the OSGi Alliance Enterprise Expert Group.

Gemini will, “provide a home for sub-projects that integrate existing Java enterprise technologies into module-based platforms, and/or that implement enterprise specifications on module-based platforms,” according to the proposal on

SpringSource says it will contribute two initial projects:

  • Gemini Web Container – the OSGi Web Container reference implementation, which is currently housed in the SpringSource git repository.
  • Gemini Blueprint Service – a spring programming model for OSGi based on Spring Dynamic Modules.

November 20, 2009  10:34 PM

Snaplogic opens an ‘app store’ for data integration

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

The folks at SnapLogic opened SnapStore this month, which is a bit like an Apple App Store, for their data integration product. The company’s product takes a platform-neutral approach to data integration, which they prefer to call “data flow.” Generalized to deploy on-premises or in the cloud, SnapLogic components use a REST interface to communicate.

With SnapStore, the company’s open framework allows anyone to build an extension and profit from it.

“So if you have expertise in SAP, you can easily build an API and check it into the SnapStore,” said Gaurav Dhillon, SnapLogic’s CEO. “If somebody wants to use that application, they just buy it from the SnapStore.”

SnapLogic has approached data integration with a product that it says will deploy in just about any environment. It is when more advanced integration is needed – like getting legacy systems to interface with Facebook – that custom tooling needs to be done. Dhillon’s hope is that a developer community will arise to address compatibility with the “jungle of application types” that exists today.

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