Archive for September, 2010

muSOAing for 9/28/10 – Monsoon

September 28, 2010

So with Cloud going mainstream what is the next big thing in this space. Cloud Aggregation products and services is certainly one very promising area that we covered in a few past posts. Another big area is Cloud Provisioning for both Internal and Hosted Private Cloud Infrastructures.

Provisioning has become a very important area. While there have been products that have addressed needs in this space, the barrier for entry was quite high and the solutions were to a very large extent proprietary. With the advent of opensource frameworks, it is now possible to build your own provisioning and monitoring mechanisms tailored to your specific needs.

These could be as simple as setting up a VM with some standard installed components to an entire environment with several VMS along with all the necessary agents required for maintenance and monitoring. The sky is really the limit and what can be achieved is only limited by your imagination. Cloud Provisioning and Monitoring aside, there are several other areas which are currently considered niche but which will soon become quite mainstream considering the momentum these are gaining.

One such area that is already gaining a lot of mind share is the ability to perform advanced analytics in a cloud based infrastructure. I think we have already touched upon this in a great level of detail in a couple of our earlier posts. Other areas that are gaining focus especially in large IT shops are the need for Cloud Aggregation both at Discrete and Composite levels given the manner in which IT assets are now spread out between Internal IT and Cloud Environments, the pressing need is to integrate all this Business, Functional and Integration Silos for gaining optimum IT Agility.

muSOAing for 9/14/10 – MoM for the Cloud

September 14, 2010

Yes, given the way the cloud is proliferating, it’s myriad forms and incarnations and it’s unmistaken ascendancy towards the pinnacle of IT computing, it is time someone played MOM.

A lot of folks who are availing of the cloud as both consumers and providers have evinced the need for Cloud Aggregation Services. While there are dashboard driven monitoring services for specific platforms like Hadoop like Karmasphere, products that span Cloud Providers and give a unified view of what is happening in your various layers that may comprise of internal IT, Public and Private Cloud infrastructures is woefully lacking.

This is to some extent dependent upon the interfaces provided by these various infrastructures. While platforms like Amazon expose a rich set of APIs it is not the case with other platforms. So the key is to have dashboard driven services that will pull in resources through a combination of dynamic discovery and smart user configuration and provide unified views of your current Cloud and Hybrid platforms. While this may sound Utopian to some extent, I think this is very much needed and we are beginning to see some traction in this space with a smattering of offerings.

muSOAing for 9/9/10 – Democratization of Big Data

September 10, 2010

The publishing of the Map/Reduce spec by Google did really lead to the Democratization of this whole space. What was hitherto the exclusive realm of the Exadatas of the world was suddenly made available to everyone. Many folks may not realize this but this is actually very critical as volumes of data are only expected to increase.

This whole Big Data Ecosystem has seen the emergence of a plethora of vendors with very interesting offerings. While a lot of them are centered around Hadoop which I can say is the current forerunner in terms of adoption and mindshare, there are others who offer some very unique differentiating factors when it comes to handling Big Data and Advanced Analytical capabilities.

muSOAing for 9/4/10 – BigData with Exadata

September 4, 2010

Oracle’s exadata offering for Big Data Analytics should qualify as a true Datawarehousing appliance. It is a very tightly married combination of an Oracle/Sun Server with some customized version of an Oracle DB instance. Though not much is known about the architecture of the database itself, it must be some self contained distributed version of Oracle.

They are making some interesting claims such as using the same DB instance as both an OLTP and an OLAP (Big Data Analytics and BI) data store. This is the most interesting part. Other details such as, whether this appliance can be purchased, what are the interfaces and APIs into it (suspect that it is still SQL and PL/SQL) were not mentioned.

The interesting part is how is Oracle going to compete with existing offerings and who will be their target market.