Between Cloud, Mobility and the Enterprise is the API Middle Ground

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I recently had a great, freewheeling discussion with Daniel Raskin, Sun’s Chief Identity Strategist. Daniel runs the Identity Buzz podcasts. We talked about issues in identity and entitlement enforcement in SOA, compliance, and the problems you run into as you move into new environments like the cloud. Daniel’s post about our podcast is on his blog. You can download the podcast directly right here.  ... (more)

VMware’s Cloud Foundry Ushers in the Era of Open PaaS

Mention VMware to anyone in IT and their immediate thought is virtualization. So dominant is the company in this space that the very word VM has a sense of ambiguity about it: does it refer specifically to a vmdk, or another hypervisor image like Xen? As with Kool-Aid and Band-Aid, there is nothing better for a company than to contribute a word to the English lexicon, and while VMware may not completely own virtual machine, they command enough association to get passed the doorman of that enviable club. Strong associations, however, may not translate directly into revenue. From ... (more)

The Importance of the Well-Designed API

We have worked with many APIs here at Layer 7. And over time we’ve seen it all, ranging from the good to the bad. We even see the downright ugly. Now a good API is a beautiful thing; it encourages innovation, abstracts appropriately, and is designed with enough forethought that nobody needs to change it down the road. Resiliency is a good quality in an API. APIs are a little like cockroaches in that they will likely outlive the human race. But what about the other ones? The ugly and bad ones? This is where developers could use some guidance. Truth is, good API design isn’t really... (more)

SOA Across Cloud Computing

SOA in the Cloud Expo I’ll be delivering a Webinar next week about Layer 7’s Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) product. ESM offers the global view of clusters of SecureSpan Gateways and the services under their management. It’s functions fall into three main areas: Enterprise-scale Management Centrally manage and monitor all Gateways and associated services across the extended enterprise and into the cloud Automated Policy Migration Centrally approve and then push policy to any Gateway across the enterprise, automatically resolving environmental discrepancies Disaster Recovery ... (more)

Cloud Security Alliance Guidance v2 Released

Security at Cloud Expo Last week, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) released its Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V2.1. This is a follow-on to first guidance document released only last April, which, gives you a sense of the speed at which cloud technology and techniques are moving. I was one of the contributors to this project. The guidance explores the issues in cloud security from the perspective of 13 different domains: Cloud Architecture Domain 1: Cloud Computing Architectural Framework Governing in the Cloud Domain 2: Governance and Enterpri... (more)