During the last decade, the enterprise war was among the handful of players.
Microsoft wanted to be the de facto choice of the IT by pushing .NET
application platform, integrated tools through Visual Studio, a set of
servers in the form of SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and System Center.
Same was the case with IBM who was trying to compete through the Rational,
WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and MQ Series platforms. Sun and Oracle complemented
each other and ran an integrated GTM to win the enterprise customers. The
goal of every player was the same – displace competition and own almost
every aspect of enterprise IT including the directory services, messaging,
databases, business intelligence, systems management, collaboration and
In the era of Cloud, it is unrealistic to think of just one player providing
end-to-end capabilities for the enterpris... (more)
I am helping one of my customers choose the right development and deployment
platform. They are building an extremely data-centric and process-driven
application. In the process of choosing the right development and deployment
platforms, I evaluated existing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and
Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings.
Deploying an application on IaaS will involve building everything from the
scratch. Since the application requires functionality that is already
available in the form of third-party components, we may have to deal with the
licensing and compatibil... (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.
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)
In 2000, Microsoft announced that it is building a brand new runtime and a
framework called .NET. At the heart of .NET was the Common Language Runtime
(CLR) designed to execute an assembly like language known as Microsoft
Intermediate Language (MSIL).
This was at a time when Sun was trying to lure the developers away from
Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C++ to their flagship Java platform. It was
not just Microsoft but an array of language and platform players were
seriously threatened by Java’s dominance. Microsoft realized that by
supporting more languages on top of .NET coul... (more)