• Cloud Service Brokers – the integration story of Your Cloud

    CloudBrokerJKby Jürgen Kress published inSOA Magazine IV


    Cloud service broker definition

    Cloud service broker role & services

    Cloud service broker market opportunity

    Challenges cloud service broker

    Examining the cloud broker market opportunity & role of IP

    Cloud broker IaaS


    In the SOA Magazine III “Cloud Computing Definition & Architecture for Cloud Service Brokers” we introduced the cloud computing definition, concepts and the idea of Cloud Service Broker. In this article we discuss the Cloud Service Brokers in details including their roles, services, market opportunity and challenges.


    Cloud service broker definition

    The paper “Defining Cloud Services Brokerage: Taking Intermediation to the Next Level” written by Daryl C. Plummer, Benoit J. Lheureux, Frances Karamouzis and published by Gartner in October 2010, defines cloud services brokerage (CSB) as "A cloud services brokerage is a business model in which a company or other entity adds value to one or more (generally public or hybrid, but possibly private) cloud services on behalf of one or more consumers of those services." The authors do not define cloud brokers in categories like the NIST definition in 2011 (Service Intermediation & Service Aggregation & Service Arbitration). Instead the paper highlights the types of CSBs by backup & recovery, integration, customer development, governance or service marketplace. In recent papers Gartner follows the NIST cloud broker categories.


  • Introducing the Integration Cloud Service

    ics18by Robert van Mölken published inSOA Magazine V

    Oracle released some more Cloud offerings and in this article we introduce the Integration Cloud Service. This cloud service lets your organization create integrations between cloud applications, but also between cloud and on premise applications. Create connections to well-known and less known SaaS applications using a bunch of cloud adapters, publish or subscribe to the Messaging Cloud Service, or use industry standards like SOAP & REST. The available set of cloud adapters will certainly grow in the future when the marketplace is fully up-and-running.

    Why should organizations consider the Cloud?
    Let's get started with the key benefits and features before diving into them more detailed. Why should organizations consider the Cloud?

  • Java Cloud Service - initial impressions for WebLogic architects and administrators

    jcs3by Simon Haslampublished inSOA Magazine V

    There's no doubt that "the cloud" is coming, even in the relatively conservative world of mission-critical Oracle platforms.

    At the end of 2012 I took a trial of what was then "Java (or WebLogic) as a Service" (now known as "SaaS Extension"). Back then I wasn't hugely impressed - yes, I could deploy a simple web app, but the WebLogic environment was very heavily constrained and almost entirely hidden from the administrator - no WebLogic console, no WLST, minimal logs. As a result as soon as I tried to deploy something non-trivial, in this case Apache Roller (the software running this blog), I ran into all sorts of class white-list issues and with little debug information so I quickly gave up in despair!

  • Process Cloud, a game changer in process implementations

    pcs3by Léon Smiers and Jeroen van Essen published inSOA Magazine V

    Oracle is accelerating the delivery of all of its Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions to gain market share in the cloud space. The Oracle Process Cloud Services (PCS), a Paas Solution, is one of the new services that is delivered now in controlled availability to a selected set of customers, and will be general available in the near future. With this service we are entering a new era for development and management of processes with Oracle technology. The cloud based delivery and management model of the processes is aimed at simplification and improvement of time-to-market. 

    PCS builds on top of the already existing Oracle BPM technology. The delivery of functionality towards the cloud will be gradually extended in the coming releases. We see this product as a potential game-changer in the market, because of the simplicity and possible mash-up scenarios with other Oracle PaaS offerings and on-premise applications.

    In this article we will have a quick glance at what the Process Cloud offers, look at typical use cases and see the look-and-feel of development.

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