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One of the core concepts associated with SOA – and one that failed to really take hold, unfortunately – was the ability to bind, i.e., invoke, a service at run-time. WSDL was designed to loosely couple services to clients, whether they were systems, applications or users, in a way that was dynamic. The information contained in the WSDL provided everything necessary to interface with a service on-demand without requiring hard-coded integration techniques used in the past. The theory was you’d find an appropriate service, hopefully in a registry (UDDI-based), grab the WSDL, set up the call, and  then invoke the service. In this way, the service could “migrate” because its location and invocation specific meta-data was in the WSDL, not hard-coded in the client, and the client could “reconfigure”, as it were, on the fly. There are myriad reasons why this failed to real... (more)

Why Network Load Balancing Is Not the Same as Application Load Balancing

Way back in the early days of the Internet scalability was an issue (the more things change...). One of the answers to this problem was to scale out web servers using a fairly well-proven concept called load balancing. Simply put, distribute the load across web servers to make sure everyone gets served in a timely fashion. We see this in action at stores every day when more checkout lines are added as demand increases. Well, we hope we see this in action. Too often we don't, much to our chagrin. Anyway, the way in which early load balancing worked was simply to take a couple var... (more)

Microservices, Service Registries, and Architectural Debt | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Microservices is not just a style of application development, it’s a set of design principles guiding how applications are composed (or decomposed, as the case may be) with a resulting architectural shift as supporting components are added to the mix. Much in the same way SOA brought us UDDI registries and gateways, microservices is bringing service registries. Service registries, for the uninitiated, are kind of like the internal DNS of a microservices environment. They’re needed to manage the rapid association and disassociation with IP addresses of the containers in which the ... (more)

Dear Slashdot: You Get What You Pay For

Open Source SSL Accelerator solution not as cost effective or well-performing as you think o3 Magazine has a write up on building an SSL accelerator out of Open Source components. It's a compelling piece, to be sure, that was picked up by Slashdot and discussed extensively. If o3 had stuck to its original goal - building an SSL accelerator on the cheap - it might have had better luck making its arguments. But it wanted to compare an Open Source solution to a commercial solution. That makes sense, the author was trying to show value in Open Source and that you don't need to shel... (more)

Putting the Cloud Before the Horse

Without processes the cloud is not a cloud So you’ve virtualized your application infrastructure using VMware or Microsoft or the “virtualization solution de jour.” You probably also virtualized the application access via an application delivery solution so you can provide scalability on-demand. You might have even virtualized your storage to make it more efficient. Basically, you’re all ready to go and operators are standing by … And therein lies the problem: operators are standing by. The on-demand piece of your little private cloud is almost entirely managed by human beings, ... (more)