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Data Services: The Cloud and SOA

Seeking competitive advantage through IT innovation

The principles behind Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) were established long before the Internet became a force, and certainly before the appearance of Cloud infrastructure.

Although many people consider SOA as well as the Cloud to be about ways of building, deploying and managing applications, these technologies and methodologies are also important in making "big data" useful and manageable. Indeed, SOA and Cloud are increasingly becoming so intertwined as to cause major confusion in the marketplace.

Let's be clear - there's SOA, and there's Cloud and there's the intersection of SOA and Cloud. That intersection is a very exciting place to be

I remember having discussions a couple of decades ago on technologies like CICS, which embodied many of the principals behind SOA - and I'm sure there are technologies (and methodologies) older than that which similarly embody various principles of Cloud as well as SOA). Like so many things in this industry, the more things change, the more they seem strangely (though never entirely) similar. I suppose that's evolution for you.

Although SOA's success in the enterprise has been mixed, the power of SOA is evident. The strength of SOA's core principles has been illustrated by the SOA's ability to embrace (and in some ways help define) new technologies such as Web services and the Internet. This evolution of SOA is happening again with the proliferation of elastic Cloud computing technologies.

Cloud-based data services leveraging platforms such as Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure offer the possibility of tremendous and "instant" scalability for compute power, storage, and other resources, and can provide significant other advantages (e.g. response time, economics, time-to-value, cost to develop/test).

Enterprises AND software companies seeking competitive advantage through IT innovation should be aware of this technology shift and actively defining strategies for capitalizing on it.

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Hollis Tibbetts, or @SoftwareHollis as his 50,000+ followers know him on Twitter, is listed on various “top 100 expert lists” for a variety of topics – ranging from Cloud to Technology Marketing, Hollis is by day Evangelist & Software Technology Director at Dell Software. By night and weekends he is a commentator, speaker and all-round communicator about Software, Data and Cloud in their myriad aspects. You can also reach Hollis on LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/SoftwareHollis. His latest online venture is OnlineBackupNews - a free reference site to help organizations protect their data, applications and systems from threats. Every year IT Downtime Costs $26.5 Billion In Lost Revenue. Even with such high costs, 56% of enterprises in North America and 30% in Europe don’t have a good disaster recovery plan. Online Backup News aims to make sure you all have the news and tips needed to keep your IT Costs down and your information safe by providing best practices, technology insights, strategies, real-world examples and various tips and techniques from a variety of industry experts.

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