May 23, 2005
Sandra Rogers, program director of SOA and Web services research for IDC, agrees that large enterprise customers are becoming increasingly concerned about visibility and management of their SOAs. "As service-based applications and systems become more complex, organizations are seeking increasing levels of automation and integrated oversight of these environments," said Rogers. "Many organizations have built hybrid systems comprised of varied technologies and protocols, and thus visibility of where Web services-specific solutions interface with other domains is critical."
Actional Looking Glass 5.5 has expanded visibility features:
Enables customers to see into specific non-SOAP/XML applications as well as see through barriers to the next hop. Called "ghosts" because of their weightless and non-intrusive nature, these agents improve visibility into and beyond services that support JDBC, RMI, EJB and JMS as well as JBoss, JMS, Systinet, Sarvega and Reactivity services without slowing processing cycles.
This unique new feature allows Operations to track individual transactions across a cluster, including multiple application instances inside a CPU, bladed servers or separate boxes. This unprecedented capability allows teams to quickly and accurately triage random failures in a business process or transaction that crosses a cluster.
With a service-oriented architecture, traditional monitoring and management technology is blind to asynchronous processes or transactions that can take hours or days to complete. For instance, an online product order carries multiple SLAs that extend beyond order submission and confirmation to credit card billing and the warehouse handoff to shipping vendors. Looking Glass 5.5 greatly improves overall SLA tracking, including exception notification and automated responses, by enabling visualization and control of messages that enter point A and then trigger dependent processes B, C and D that may or may not respond to point A.
Actional SOAPstation 5.5 has expanded security features:
This new integrated security capability allows customers to not only enforce identity and access management, but to reinforce it both at the perimeter and once inside a firewall.
SOAPstation technology leverages the CRL to enforce up-to-date security authorization both at and inside the perimeter.
"As our customers mature beyond pilot and into production they are discovering what features are business critical for a scalable, enterprise-class SOA," said Actional CEO and president Tom Ryan. "This mid-point release has altered our internal road map so that we may align our solutions with making our customers successful."
Frank Ding, engineering analysis & technical computing manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, discussed the advantages of utilizing the cloud for occasional scientific computing, identified the obstacles to doing so, and proposed workarounds to some of those obstacles.
The private industry least likely to adopt public cloud services for data storage are financial institutions. Holding the most sensitive and heavily-regulated of data types, personal financial information, banks and similar institutions are mostly moving towards private cloud services – and doing so at great cost.
In this week's hand-picked assortment, researchers explore the path to more energy-efficient cloud datacenters, investigate new frameworks and runtime environments that are compatible with Windows Azure, and design a uniﬁed programming model for diverse data-intensive cloud computing paradigms.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 10, 2013 |
Australian visual effects company, Animal Logic, is considering a move to the public cloud.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
May 08, 2013 |
For engineers looking to leverage high-performance computing, the accessibility of a cloud-based approach is a powerful draw, but there are costs that may not be readily apparent.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/02/2012 | AMD | Developers today are just beginning to explore the potential of heterogeneous computing, but the potential for this new paradigm is huge. This brief article reviews how the technology might impact a range of application development areas, including client experiences and cloud-based data management. As platforms like OpenCL continue to evolve, the benefits of heterogeneous computing will become even more accessible. Use this quick article to jump-start your own thinking on heterogeneous computing.