One of the critical requirements for enterprises to adopt Cloud is the Hybrid
capability. Since most of the mission critical applications live behind the
firewall, they should be able to extend the functionality of these
applications to the Cloud.
Since the initial announcement of Windows Azure, Microsoft has been
constantly investing in hybrid features. I want to highlight some of the
scenarios that are ideal candidates for the Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud.
Extending the Business Logic to the Cloud
Imagine a scenario where the e-Commerce storefront running on the public
domain needs to check the customer data in an internal CRM to apply the right
level of discount before each checkout. The CRM application is a homegrown
line of business application developed in .NET. The business logic is already
exposed through a set of service endpoints that is consumed by the fronte... (more)
A couple of weeks back, at the IBF Panel discussion on PaaS, we were
discussing the opportunity for a Private PaaS. While a Private Cloud is
typically associated with IaaS, I started to ponder on the value of a Private
Installing the development platform / runtime running .NET or Java stack on a
set of VMs provisioned on the Private (IaaS) Cloud doesn’t turn it into a
Private PaaS. PaaS should really abstract the nuts and bolts of the
infrastructure (OS, middleware and other plumbing) and should expose only
what is required for the applications to run.
As a part of my job, I work with large enterprise customers trying to help
them realize the potential of Cloud Computing. As much I believe in the
benefits of Cloud, I also have a realistic discussion around the
anti-patterns for Cloud and why certain applications may not be the great
candidates to be moved to the Cloud. It makes it easy to have certain
patterns in mind when discussing what kind of a line of business application
can move to the Cloud for realizing the best return on investment.
In this article, I want to discuss the possible scenarios for getting the
maximum val... (more)
Many industry experts analyzed and predicted the Cloud Computing trends for
2012. Here is a list of what I think is in store for the Cloud this New Year.
SSD-based Cloud Storage – I was hoping to see the Cloud storage vendors
offering SSD-based storage options in 2011. But, for some reason that did not
happen. 2012 will see a surge in the SSD based Cloud storage offerings. This
will also alleviate the concerns of running high I/O tasks on the Cloud. EBS
on AWS and Azure Drive suffer from the same throughput issues. SSD will be a
big boost for moving I/O intensive workloads to the ... (more)
Having covered Cloud Foundry, Force.com, Google App Engine and Red Hat
OpenShift, we now take a look at Microsoft’s PaaS offering, Windows Azure.
Microsoft Windows Azure Platform is a Platform as a Service offering from
Microsoft. It was announced in 2008 and became available in 2010. Since then
Microsoft has been constantly improving the platform by adding new features.
Though Windows Azure Platform is designed for the developers building
applications on the Microsoft platform, developers building applications on
Java and PHP environments can also leverage this. Microsoft is in... (more)