As applications and infrastructure move into the Cloud the need for management becomes more important all the time. This set of Cloud Tools for deploying and testing Java EE applications comes as a Maven plugin to make your life even easier.
Components: Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that are configured to run Tomcat and work with EC2Deploy EC2Deploy - the core framework. See this blog entry for an overview A Maven plugin that uses EC2Deploy to deploy a web application to EC2
Roy Schestowitz apparently uncovers a subversive strategy Microsoft is using to block Linux from motherboards everywhere. How? By fighting its longtime partner, Phoenix Technology, which had developed a Linux-friendly virtualization technology (HyperWave) to allow a Linux operating system to run even when Windows fails:The basic concept is that an embedded Linux OS will accompany the core system firmware or BIOS, allowing instant-on applications to be run from it at any time.
The spat seems to be over for now, but the fight with Phoenix is instructive. Microsoft is far smarter than we generally give it credit. The company keeps an eagle eye on its desktop prize, and is unlikely to allow anyone to build rival technology there. The only way to compete with Microsoft on the desktop is not on the desktop - it's in the cloud. Perhaps Microsoft isn't as vulnerable here as people think, however....… Read more
With every Google enterprise announcement Microsoft must hear the war drums beating.
Sure, Google owns the search market. And, as a result, the company is the online advertising leader. But Microsoft has all those Windows desktops out there, and owns the corporate market, right?
Well, maybe not for long.
Sure, software as a service and cloud computing don't sound as sexy as free e-mail and pay-per-click, but they are the wave of the future, experts say.
I'm out at JavaOne in San Francisco this week and one discussion I've heard popping up with some regularity is, "Do we need to do something to protect open source in a cloud computing world?" I've written about aspects of this topic at length previously. However, given that this is an area that is buzzing up a bit, I thought it would be useful to boil down the key issues and give my personal take.
The nub Copyleft licenses, such as the GPL used for the Linux kernel and the majority of other open-source projects, … Read more
Ask a dozen people what "cloud computing" means and you'll get a dozen different answers, all pointing to the network. Rob Boothby of Joyent interviewed more than a dozen technology wonks, including Steve Gillmor, Matt Mullenweg, Tim O'Reilly, Kevin Marks, Rafe Needleman, Stowe Boyd, Brian Solis and myself, at the Web 2.0 Expo, to answer the question, "What is Cloud Computing ?"
Check out the responses in this video:
Salesforce.com on Wednesday said it has launched a new tool, Visualforce, that enables its customers to build custom user interfaces for applications running on the company's hosted infrastructure.
The new tool is a key part of the company's platform-as-a-service business line, called Force.com. Salesforce, best known for its software-as-a-service customer relationship management (CRM) applications, is branching out into the business of providing cloud-computing services.
CEO Marc Benioff has said the platform-as-a-service business represents "Salesforce.com's second decade....it's our next area of investment."
Visualforce, which Salesforce calls a "user interface as … Read more
What do you do when you have billions of dollars in the bank and more money coming in each day than most companies can score in their corporate lifetimes?
You probably don't open source your software.
That's the conclusion that Mary Jo Foley and I arrived at following a long conversation at Sun's JavaOne Conference about what Microsoft should do about open source. It's nice to think of Microsoft fully joining the open-source community, but it's unlikely. The company has billions of reasons to make feints at open source to appease its critics while holding a proprietary line to appease its shareholders.
It's not pretty, but it's reality.… Read more
With JavaOne starting tomorrow I have been waiting to see what kind of interesting things Sun will be launching. If OpenSolaris + EC2 is the best they've got it may be a long week.Some interesting vendors are running their software on the OS-EC2 platform. For example, GigaSpaces provides software for highly distributed, highly available environments and running it as a Cloud application is cool when you consider that most enterprises are not that keen on the fact that servers in the cloud are just part of the distributed network.
BEA's Peter Laird just posted a great overview of Cloud Computing, SaaS, and Platform-as-a-Service PaaS for those who are still struggling to figure it out (and really who isn't?)
As always, the definitions are vague, yet arguable but I think they do a good job in establishing what we are talking about.
Cloud Computing Cloud computing refers to the virtualization of the data center, such that server machines are not thought of individually but as just a commodity in a greater collection of server machines. Cloud computing solutions in general strive to eliminate the need for an application … Read more