Our team has attended the global conference: IBM Impact 2013. There was plenty of great insight and information regarding Cloud Computing technologies during the conference, including PureFlex, PureApplication and PureData.

Here are some interesting session presentations:

•    Future Directions in Cloud Platforms PDF
•    WebSphere Application Infrastructure The Big Picture PDF
•    Continuous Delivery to Your Private PaaS: The Next Era of Private Cloud PDF
•    SOA as the Foundation for Cloud Adoption PDF
•    Next-Gen Productivity Platform for IBM PureSystems, Web and Mobile PDF
•    Exploring IBM PureApplication System Patterns of Expertise PDF
•    Exploring IBM PureApplication System and IBM Workload Deployer Best Practices PDF
•    Introduction to Cast Iron PDF
•    Best Practices for Cast Iron Integration both in the Cloud and On Premise PDF
•    WebSphere in a Virtual Cloudy World PDF
•    Deploying High-Availability Patterns in PureApplication System PDF
•    Why Would I Want to Put My Database in the Cloud? PDF
•    Driving Continuous Delivery with IBM PureApplication Systems PDF

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IBM Impact 2013 – Whats New in IBM BPM 8.5

At the global IBM conference (Impact 2013) some new features of IBM BPM 8.5 have been introduces. The most important enhancements are listed below:

  • Simplified IBM BPM installation, configuration, and administration reduces time and effort to setup, manage, and expand IBM BPM
  • Improved business process outcomes by significantly enhanced support for out-of-the box and custom dashboards
  • New, internal document repository to consistently store document attachments, both internally and externally, using CMIS “live” linkages between process documentation in Blueworks Live
  • “live” linkages between process documentation in Blueworks Live, and corresponding IBM BPM process applications improve collaboration, communications, and change tracking between business process stakeholders
  • Enhanced web service security and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) header support in the IBM BPM standard runtime
  • Included entitlement for IBM Worklight Enterprise Edition Environment accelerates developing IBM BPM applications on mobile devices

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An Open API for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

The leading technology vendors  (CloudBees, Cloudsoft Corporation, Huawei, Oracle, Rackspace, Red Hat, and Software AG) have announced a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) management API specification. The specification is designed to ease management of applications across public and private clouds. You can read more here.

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Cisco Workshop

We attended the workshop at Cisco European headquarters in Bedfont Lakes, Feltham (London, United Kingdom). The purpose of this visit was to evaluate Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System), CIAC (Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud), Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switches and other Cisco technologies for the purpose of IaaS cloud development. We have done a deep dive into Cisco Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) products, such as Cisco Cloud Portal, Cisco Process Orchestrator, Cisco Network Services Manager and Cisco UCS Manager. The visit also included tour of Cisco’s Customer Proof-of-Concept Lab (CPOC).

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European Science Cloud

Because of the increasing concerns over America’s Patriot Act, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), ESA (European Space Agency) and EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) are going to launch a massive cloud computing project called Helix Nebula – a science cloud named after a large planetary nebula in the Aquarius constellation.

The goal of this European project (with a two-year pilot phase) is to become a mainstream cloud for scientists by the year 2020. It will contain scads of data, with open source tools and an “infinite amount of computing power” accessible from any device, anywhere. The project will include all the major companies in the Europe, including Atos, Capgemini, CloudSigma, Orange Business Services, SAP and two Telco companies: Telefonica and T-Systems. Some well-known organizations are also going to participate, such as CSA (Cloud Security Alliance), OpenNebula Project (founded as an European FP7 project) and the EGI (European Grid Infrastructure).

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We will present at the Open and Secure Cloud Computing – Workshop.

The cloud computing workshop: Open and secure cloud computing will be held in Technology Park Ljubljana on 14th December 2011, 10am – 3pm. The main purpose of this one day conference will be to share knowledge and experiences leveraging open-source IaaS solution: OpenStack. The opening lecture will be given by several distinguished guests from abroad: OpenStack Community Manager, Stefano Muffulli, the CEO of O’Reilly Media, Tim O’Reilly and Justin Santa Barbara from FathomDB.

You are welcome to attend the seminary and take advantage of this unique opportunity to get familiar with the leading IT trends and experiences. Submit here.

Agenda in Slovenian language is attached below.

Agenda

10:00 – 10:45
OpenStack – od kod in kam

Projekt OpenStack, v katerem že drugo leto nastaja programska oprema, ki uporabniku omogoča postavitev javnega ali zasebnega “oblaka” na standardni strojni opremi sta ustanovila NASA in Rackspace Hosting. Pridružila so se številna znana imena iz sveta IT: Cisco, Dell, Intel, Citrix, NetApp, F5, AMD, Hewlett Packard… skupaj preko 140 podjetij in preko 1.600 posameznikov, ki vlagajo napore v razvoj OpenStack platforme za postavitev in upravljanje “oblakov”.

Stefano Maffulli, OpenStack Community Manager, www.openstack.org/community
g. Stefano Maffulli je globalni koordinator tega obsežnega projekta. Po delu na področju formiranja Free Software Foundation Europe je delal kot “community manager” za vodilni odprtokodni sistem za sinhronizacijo med mobilnimi napravami “Funambol” ter uveljavitev Twitter-ja v Italiji. Sedaj živi in dela v San Franciscu.

Če je računalništvo v oblaku prihodnost računalništva, potem je razumevanje, kako narediti prihodnost odprto eden osrednjih tehnoloških izzivov današnjega dne. Projekt OpenStack dela velike korake proti viziji odprtega oblaka.

Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., www.oreilly.com

OpenStack bo seme številnih oblakov – javnih in zasebnih, ki bodo temeljili na enem, odprtem standardu.

Justin Santa Barbara, FathomDB


10:45 – 11:15
Pregled odprtokodnih “IaaS” rešitev in praktična demonstracija OpenStack ogrodja

Na področju “infrastrukture kot storitve” (IaaS) so trenutno prisotne tako komercialne, kot tudi odprtokodne reitve. V industriji se vedno bolj uveljavljajo prav odprtokodni produkti, ki postajajo steber informacijske podpore v tevilnih podjetij in organizacijah. Na predstavitvi bo podan pregled najpomembnejih odprtokodnih rešitev, kot so OpenNebula, Eucalyptus, Nimbus in OpenStack. Predstavljeni bodo arhitekturni gradniki posameznih produktov ter njihove ključne funkcionalnosti, na podlagi katerih bo podana primerjava produktov. V zadnjem delu bo sledila praktična demonstracija OpenStack ogrodja.

Robert Dukarić, uni. dipl. ing., XLAB d.o.o., www.xlab.si
dr. Matjaž B. Jurič, Laboratorij za integracijo informacijskih sistemov, Fakulteta za računalništvo in informatiko (FRI), www.fri.uni-lj.si


11:15 – 11:45
Varnost tudi v oblaku

Združenje “Cloud Security Alliance” navaja sedem glavnih groženj, ki po mnenju strokovnjakov pretijo organizacijam, ki so svoje poslovanje preselile v javni oblak s storitvenimi modeli IaaS, PaaS ali SaaS. Kjer je relevantno, navaja tudi primere incidentov, povsod pa vsaj smernice za njihovo preprečevanje. V drugem delu predavanja je predstavljena nova paradigmo “Security as a Service” – deset področij, na katerih imajo ponudniki današnjih oblakov dovolj prostora za nove storitve, ki jih najemniki oblaka danes močno pogrešajo in ki bodo gotovo omilile osnovno nezaupanje, ki ga prinaša izguba kontrole, povezana s prehodom v oblak.

Dr. Mojca Ciglarič, docentka in vodja Laboratorija za računalniške komunikacije na ljubljanski Fakulteti za računalništvo in informatiko. Je članica “Cloud Security” Alliance in ima vlogo raziskovalne direktorice v slovenski sekciji združenja. www.fri.uni-lj.si


11:45 – 12:00
Varnost v OpenStack

V predstavitvi bo podan pregled varnostnih mehanizmov, ki so vključeni v trenutno različico OpenStack, in predstavljena priporočila za varno uporabo OpenStack.

Primož Cigoj, dipl. ing. rač., Laboratorij za odprte sisteme in mreže (E5), Institut “Jožef Stefan”, www.e5.ijs.si


12:00 – 12:15
KC Class

Predstavitev dejavnosti kompetenčnega centra za računalništvo v oblaku KC Class.

Dalibor Baškovč, www.KC-Class.eu


12:15 – 12:30
Odmor


12:30 – 13:00
Hranjenje podatkov v OpenStack

1. del: Izkušnje z namestitvijo Open Stack Storage (OpenStack Storage installation)

mag. Ivan Tomašič, Elektrotehniška fakulteta v Zagrebu

2. del: Povezava OpenStack Storage z AmazonS3 (OpenStack Storage and AmazonS3)

Aleksandra Rashkovska, dipl. ing. rač., Mednarodna podiplomska šola IJS, odsek za komunikacijske sisteme (E6), Institut “Jožef Stefan”, www-e6.ijs.si


13:00 – 14:00
Kako z uporabo cenovno dostopnih orodij zgradimo visokozmogljiv sistem za hranjenje podatkov

S programsko opremo ZFS in Nexenta je možno zgraditi zanesljiv in zmogljiv sistem za hranjenje podatkov. Poleg zmogljivosti predstavitev prikaže kakšne so izkušnje s temi sistemi.

dr. Matjaž Pančur in Andrej Krevl, dipl. ing. rač., Laboratorij za računalniške komunikacije, Fakulteta za računalništvo in informatiko (FRI), www.fri.uni-lj.si


14:00 – 14:30
Razvoj za oblake v RedHat

Java EE razvoj za oblake: postavitev aplikacijskega strežnika JBoss v okolje OpenShift.

Aleš Justin, JBoss by RedHat


14:30 – 15:00
Predstavitev strojne opreme

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Cloud computing workshop (KC CLASS)

The cloud computing workshop for KC Class (Cloud Assisted ServiceS) is taking place today at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry effects of increased dose of cialis of Slovenia. The presentation slides can be downloaded using link below:

Slides.pdf

Unfortunately, the slides are available only in Slovenian language.

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The CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, announced a new Oracle cloud solution Oracle Public Cloud at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 today. The product consists of two components, Application Services (Fusion CRM, Fusion HCM, Social Network) and Platform Services (Database, Java). They represent the suite of Oracle Fusion applications, middleware and database offerings, delivered as a service.

Check more about this brand new technology here.

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Oracle OpenWorld & JavaOne 2011 Day One

The Oracle OpenWorld conference kicked off this evening in San Francisco with keynote presentation from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. There he unveiled Next-Generation SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, introduced the Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine and much more. Several use cases from Cialis major world companies were also presented, who use Oracle’s finest technologies (Exadata and Exalogic) to power their SOA/BPEL information systems in order to achieve greater performance, availability and lesser cost.

More about the conference here.

 

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Windows Azure Cloud Appliance

During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, Microsoft introduced Windows Azure Cloud Appliance or so called “private cloud in a box” to its partners. The Azure appliance can be used by Microsoft partners to leverage new cloud services in data centers. The available server capacity will be maximally utilized for the usage of business applications. The described service combines manswers penis enlargement surgery Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure and hardware fitted for Microsoft infrastructures. The service is primarily available for developers, end-users, service providers and resellers, who run applications in a private or hybrid cloud in their own data center. Customers can manage their private cloud via a portal located in the Microsoft System Center. You can read more here.

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