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Top 10 Best Practices Architecting Applications for VMware Cloud (part 1)

March 17th, 2010 4 comments

Overview

With more data centers running on purely virtualized systems, more applications are therefore running on top of virtualized environment than ever before. These virtualized systems are interconnected with each other and become a cloud platform. Virtualization is the pre-requisite and starting point of the cloud computing at the IaaS level.

Why Is VMware Intersted in Redis?

March 16th, 2010 2 comments

A high profile open source developer Salvatore Sanfilippo (@antirez) joined VMware engineering team today. He is the project owner of Redis. Welcome Salvatore!

As Derek Collision (@derekcollison) described it at a VMware Console Blog,

Redis is a high performance and scalable advanced key-value store where values can be data structures such as lists, sets, and hashmaps, as well as strings and blobs. Redis supports atomic operations on these data structures, allowing extremely high performance with consistent state to many client applications.

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3 Phases and Challenges in Cloud Journey for Enterprises

March 14th, 2010 No comments

As I quoted VMware CMO Rick Jackson in my previous blog, cloud computing is a journey. You may wonder, “If so, what are the phases for that journey?”

A great question! Understanding the phases helps us to better plan our journey and have a smooth transition from phase to phase.

In this blog, I will introduce 3 phases one by one: 100% virtualization, private cloud, and federated cloud. I will go over each of them and discuss the challenges in each.

What’s Hot in the Virtualization Job Market?

March 12th, 2010 3 comments

While asked how each Spring products are used in the market at the end of today’s training, the instructor showed us a nice website as a reference. Here is the diagram showing the numbers of jobs requiring skills of Spring and EJB. A great answer even though not a direct answer.

 

Strictly speaking, the jobs are not products, but well reflect what products are in use. So this is a good index on market shares of different products. If you have your products too easy to use, this index works against you. :-)

Who is Hyping Cloud Computing? You Will be Surprised!

March 7th, 2010 2 comments

I came across a blog “5 things VMware must do to fend off Microsoft.” The author Jon Brodkin listed the following musts: cut prices, improve Security, win the desktop war, simplify management, don’t overhype the cloud. Here is a response to the article by Steve Kaplan.

Because I am working on cloud related projects, especially I am the creator of the vSphere Java API that manages the “cloud operating system,” I am curious to know whether VMware is overhyping the cloud computing.

Instead of expressing my opinions, I decided to do a simple research using Google and Wikipedia. To my surprise, the “cloud computing” page does not include VMware in “Cloud computing logical diagram.” The companies listed are Microsoft, Google, Saleforce, Amazon, Yahoo, Rackspace, Zoho. Well, that is good for me to do the next step.

Then, I used Google to search each company’s name and “cloud computing.” I wasn’t testing the performance, but to see how many web pages are there including these keywords. Strictly speaking, the number of hits is not an index of hyping cloud computing, but you can get a good sense on how much marketing effort each company invest into “cloud computing.”

To save you time, I captured the screenshots of each search, and list the most important parts we are interested as follows.

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Building Trusted Datacenters in the Cloud

March 6th, 2010 No comments

RSA just had its annual conference at San Francisco this past week. Intel, VMware and RSA demoed how to build up layers of trust in data centers in the conference.

A New Member Joined vCloud Initiative For Cloud Computing

February 20th, 2010 No comments

newScale recently announced it would support VMware vCloud API in a press release.

San Mateo, Calif. February 17, 2010 – newScale®, Inc., pioneers of the self-service IT storefront for the enterprise, today announced it will support the VMware vCloud API, a key component of the VMware vCloud initiative. Enterprises and service providers integrating with the VMware vCloud API can now use the newScale FrontOfficeTM Suite to effectively manage and control self-service requests for cloud resources as well as their physical and virtual environments. 

This announcement underscores newScale’s continuing commitment to supporting multi-vendor, cross-platform data center and cloud infrastructures. The newScale FrontOffice Suite –  a complete set of Service Catalog solutions for managing IT services from cradle to grave –  integrates with VMware vSphereTM 4 and VMware vCenterTM Server. newScale is also a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. By leveraging the VMware vCloud API, newScale demonstrates its ongoing support for a wide range of virtualization and cloud infrastructures, giving newScale customers maximum flexibility, efficiency, and agility in their data center deployments.

Event: SF Cloud Computing Club Meetup on Mar 16

January 30th, 2010 No comments

Got an invitation email from my colleague Jame Watters who is the organizer of the SF Cloud Computing Club. This is the 4th of a very successful series of meet-ups for cloud professionals to network and brain storm new ideas.

I just registered the event, no nice portrait yet. If you are in bay area, it’s highly recommended.

What: SF Cloud Club Part 4: The great Cloud Connect Gathering! (By special request)
When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:00 PM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
How: http://www.meetup.com/SF-Cloud-Computing-Club/calendar/12455606/

In or For the Cloud? A big difference made for your applications

January 23rd, 2010 No comments

Many folks mentioned their presentations for VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas next month. Let me share mine here.

As you migth have guessed from the blog title, the presentation has a lot to do with both the cloud and application. My presentation title is “Architecting your applications for VMware Cloud.” I will discuss the challenges and opportunities the cloud brings in for application development, especially for the application architecture, and more importantly how to get it done.

5,000 downloads and future directions

January 9th, 2010 1 comment

Happy new year! A new posting is way overdue after I set up the blog early last December.

Today, we surpassed 5,000 downloads. This is an important milestone for the project as it indicates the adoption of this powerful yet easy-to-use API has reached a new level.