Coming to London to talk about NewSQL and NoSQL: two different yet complementary approaches for managing information

December 22, 2012 Comments Off on Coming to London to talk about NewSQL and NoSQL: two different yet complementary approaches for managing information

I’m looking forward to my upcoming visit to SkillsMatter in London on March 11 and 12. I’ll be presenting a class on soapUI Pro as well as talking about some exciting scenarios for NewSQL and NoSQL. From the SkillsMatter website:

Many of today’s data-intensive transactional applications have exposed the uncomfortable truth that traditional RDBMS architectures are reaching their limits and are no longer able to keep pace with the demands of the modern enterprise. Fortunately, the past few years have witnessed the arrival of exciting new technologies – collectively known as NewSQL and NoSQL – that both extend the lifespan of RDBMS platforms as well as offer new information management alternatives.

In this talk, Robert Schneider will portray the challenges that have led up to this moment along with introducing major NewSQL and NoSQL platforms. He’ll also describe several multi-faceted use cases that illustrate how these technologies can work together.

These sessions are always lively and fun – I hope you can join us.



Another instance of a successful ROI calculator

December 17, 2012 Comments Off on Another instance of a successful ROI calculator

A while back I wrote about an ROI calculator that we created for Sybase at Think88. That calculator was meant to assist customers in determining the economic benefits of putting Sybase’s new compression capabilities to work in their data centers.

At WiseClouds, we help many customers design, develop, and test highly intricate distributed systems. One of the most important tools that we use is soapUI Pro. In fact, we believe in that product so much that we created a training course to help customers learn how to derive the most value from it.

During our engagements we always encourage customers to make the switch from the free version of soapUI to the professional version. After seeing the benefits of this upgrade in dozens of environments, we’ve come up with a concrete set of numbers that highlight these efficiencies from three viewpoints:

  1. Labor savings
  2. Time-to-market
  3. Software defect reduction perspective

We then used this information as the foundation of an ROI calculator to help showcase these advantages and thus justify the upgrade to soapUI Pro.

Two recent examples of international suspicion of U.S. cloud computing providers

December 11, 2012 Comments Off on Two recent examples of international suspicion of U.S. cloud computing providers

I’m fortunate to attend and speak at many cloud computing and Big Data events all around the world. I also work with large global corporations and governments to help design and deploy these types of environments. I really enjoy getting to meet such a diverse array of people.

Whenever I give a talk about the potential for cloud computing, I notice – without fail – one common thread among all of these audiences: vast misgivings about cloud computing solutions provided by American corporations. The perception is that the U.S. government will – as a matter of course – intercept, amass, and analyze all transactions, stored information, and network traffic for these cloud environments. Even if routine analysis isn’t being performed, these audiences figure that it only takes a phone call from a U.S. government representative for these cloud providers to “open the kimono”, without telling the customer of course. We’ve already seen examples of these back doors – consider how AT&T opened their network to comprehensive and clandestine monitoring by the NSA.

The people who share these concerns with me aren’t drug kingpins, terrorists, or Washington lobbyists. They’re executives and technology leaders at very reputable global powerhouses that are operating under strict fiduciary and regulatory guidelines. I know for a fact that these reservations – particularly of the PATRIOT Act – are costing American businesses money.

Many people have told me that they go out of their way to store their data in non-U.S. cloud providers, and that they don’t even trust an American cloud provider that’s storing data in Europe or Asia.

Two stories in the news recently highlight the international resistance to American-based cloud computing vendors. In the first case, the British government barred Amazon and Google from participating in the UK’s G-Cloud platform initiative. Service features, enterprise-readiness, and other factors appear to be behind this decision, but a major concern also appears to be

Many of these cloud services store initial data in Europe but then back it up to somewhere where the laws are different and you can’t do that

Coincidentally, a couple of days later we learned of a report that indicates that

U.S. legal state of affairs implies that the transition towards the cloud has important negative consequences for the possibility to manage information confidentiality, information security and the privacy of European end users in relation to foreign governments

At first glance, all of this may be perceived as simply an issue between the American government and the rest of the world. But dig a little deeper and you’ll soon realize that any government has the potential to snoop on information stored within or passing through its borders, or maintained by a firm under its jurisdiction.

Doubt me? How do you feel about hosting your most sensitive data on third party servers based in Shanghai? This problem will only become more prominent in coming years, as more applications and related data move to the cloud, and globalized technology providers try to meet this demand.

What’s the solution? That’s a topic for another time.

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