Monday May 21, 2012

iPad and tablets - Back to thick client devices and 3270 vendor lock in?

I just keep thinking that the proliferation of iPads and tablets in the enterprise is leading us back to the path of thick client computing. Don't get me wrong, I love the iPad and believe it is a great device....for emails, surfing the web, playing music, playing games, and getting directions. However, it is as thick of a client device as you can get. In addition, just like 3270 screens were proprietary, they are a proprietary platform. It seems like just yesterday everyone was rushing to get off of client/server systems and move to thin client machines with browser based access.

Thursday Mar 15, 2012

Running applications in the cloud not designed for the cloud

The question of what to do with applications that were written for the mainframe or client/server based applications that do not fit into a shared service model of the cloud has come up a lot in the last few weeks. This is something that is addressed in chapter 8 of the Migrating to the Cloud book. The bottom line is: The issue you face with moving client/server applications to the cloud via rehosting is “where will the applications run?” Currently, your applications are installed on client PC machines or other thick client devices; the Apple iPhone is in the thick client category as you actually download an application that runs on your iPhone; the application now needs to be hosted on a central server accessible through the Web. A handful of products from Oracle and third parties are available for hosting client/server applications in the cloud. Third-party solutions include Citrix XenApp (formerly Citrix WinFrame Server, Citrix MetaFrame Server, and Citrix Presentation Server) and VMware Server. Oracle solutions include Oracle Virtual Server, Oracle Tuxedo, and Oracle Exalogic. Oracle Tuxedo is the leading open systems transaction processor (TP). It supports both COBOL and C/C++ applications, as well as Ruby and Python. Oracle Tuxedo can run on Oracle Exalogic to provide you both the application runtime environment (Tuxedo) and the cloud hardware infrastructure (Exalogic). Oracle Tuxedo can also be deployed on Oracle Virtual Server for a virtualized cloud environment. We will discuss Oracle Virtual Server and Oracle Exalogic in detail in the “Target Hardware and Software Stack Options” section later in this chapter. [Begin WARNING] A client/server application cannot just be moved to a virtual server and be considered cloud-ready. The application is now accessible by many users, so it must be multiuser and multithreaded. Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle WebLogic Server are both multiuser and multithreaded. A single-user C, C++, or Java application can be made multiuser by running this application in Oracle Tuxedo or Oracle WebLogic Server as these application server containers are multiuser and multithreaded. When using Oracle Virtual Server, it needs to be placed into a grid middle tier environment. This environment could consistent of a cluster of commodity hardware components with a load balancer in front of the configuration for managing load balancing (multithreading) and multiuser connections. This virtual server grid can then run hundreds of images of the same application so that the application can service hundreds or thousands of users. [End WARNING]

Wednesday Sep 07, 2011

Cloud 2.0 migrations versus Cloud 1.0 migrations

In the early 1960s when companies started migrating to the Cloud 1.0 (mainframe-based cloud), existing computerized systems to migrate from did not exist. The manual systems, that sometimes the computerized application replaced, were rudimentary and easily replaced by a computer-based system. This made moving to Cloud 1.0 much easier than Cloud 2.0 migrations as you where implementing a new system clear of any legacy ‘baggage’. Today, companies are shackled with hundreds of business applications based upon mainframes, mid-range, and client/server systems deployed using mostly custom developed applications or Commercial Off-The-Self (COTS) products. Migrating existing IT systems to the Cloud 2.0 involves migrating everything from the data to the application, application deployment solutions or procedures, management and monitoring software, integration, data warehouse, business intelligence, replications solutions and backup and recovery, and perhaps even hardware infrastructure.

Friday May 20, 2011

Migrating to the Cloud Book

Migrating to the Cloud book set to be released in September! http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Migrating-to-the-Cloud/Tom-Laszewski/e/9781597496476
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