IT Megatrends: Cloud Computing & Event Processing

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Jul 03, 2012

    Sybase hosts a lot of white papers. No big surprise there right? But as Sybase now continues to grow in ever greater enterprise stature under its SAP parentage, the opportunity for the company to grasp its “share of voice” in the enterprise IT architecture space has (if anything) actually increased even more.

    New posts on the company portal point to a number of topics including a new Gartner piece entitled: Cloud Computing and Event Processing Will Be the Key Advances in Application Architecture. It’s worth taking a look at and here’s why... 

    Gartner contends that we have an issue today as most new cloud applications use service-oriented architecture (SOA) design principles and in-memory computing – well hang on, that sounds OK so far right? Gartner also states that a large number of new business applications will leverage what the analyst firm denotes as “event processing and SOA gateways” – hang on again, that’s all above board surely? 

    However says Gartner (ah, here it is!) -- the firm’s IT analysts also state that very  few applications will be modified for cloud deployment, mobility support or in memory computing (IMC) as it is commonly sought to be deployed today .

    Driving primary vehicles

    The purpose of this piece is to explain how composite applications, mashups and business process management (BPM) solutions are becoming the “primary vehicles” used by the IT development and database support functions to support innovative business initiatives.

    “Service-oriented architecture (SOA), event processing and in-memory computing are contributing critical capabilities to these compositions... and the cloud is hosting the compositions, as well as the services knitted together by the compositions. This research brings IT executives up-to-date on the ways these technologies and architectures will evolve during the next one to three years,” says Gartner.

    We are headed for an increasingly “event driven” future it appears; one driven by event data generated by the interplay of applications, devices, users and their environments. Hmm, one sometimes wonders whether Gartner is stating the blindingly obvious or driving us towards oft-missed realities that we really must take on board right?

    Physical or logical intermediaries

    Gartner says that SOA implementations will increasingly favour the use of “physical or logical intermediaries” that isolate service providers and service consumers from changes required by service reuse, as well as changes required by SOA federation.

    “Cloud-native applications have distinct advantages in performance, maintainability and operational characteristics, but their architectures are quite different from traditional enterprise systems. However, the significant investment required to implement a new architecture will only be made in situations in which the application's economic value is also significant — for example, software as a service (SaaS)-delivered applications,” says Gartner.

    So our takeaway here (if we are to embrace Gartner’s advice) is that developers as well as cloud platform service providers should embrace advanced IMC technologies as “critical enablers” for global enterprise-level cloud-native applications.

    Yes deeper analysis is provided, the above link will take you further into Gartner’s world should you care to register for this paper from the Sybase website.

    Released: July 3, 2012, 2:32 pm
    Keywords: General | Adrian Bridgwater | Gartner




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