Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quotable quotes from John Pescatore of Gartner at AADI 2010 in Los Angeles

"Remember it's not just data stored on the Cloud which is at risk, but also data processed on the Cloud"

"What if you forced your connections to SalesForce to go through your proxy" [like a Cloud Gateway]

"Internet technologies were not built with bad guys in mind"

On Cloud Computing concerns: "Sometimes security is used as an excuse"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"The cholesterol of the network"

[ Update: Axway acquired Vordel in 2012 and the new name for the Vordel Gateway is the Axway API Gateway ]

A quote which jumped out to me from yesterday's Webinar about REST services for connecting to Facebook and iPhone apps was at 4:00 when Vordel's Greg Manship refers to XML as "The cholesterol of the network". This links up with the later observation by Doug Birch (Blackhawk Network) that although XML is 20% of their traffic, it uses 80% of their processing, hence the need to offload this onto Vordel appliances.

You can view the recorded webinar here: http://www.vordel.com/research/10Nov2010FacebookIphoneREST.html

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Webinar today @12 Eastern / 9am Pacific / 5pm GMT on REST API connections to iPhone apps and Facebook

Check out the Vordel Webinar with guest speaker Doug Birch from
Blackhawk Network about how the Vordel Gateway is used to deliver
a REST API which is consumed by iPhone apps and by Facebook. The
REST API is used to expose a service delivering gift codes for online
shopping.

Update: The recording of the Webinar is viewable here:
http://www.vordel.com/research/10Nov2010FacebookIphoneREST.html


Cloudstreams

Daryl Plummer at Gartner has coined the term "Cloudstreams":
So, here comes Cloudstreams. The cloud has made the need for integrating between services (someone told me, “if you’re over 30 you call it an ‘API’, and if you are under 30 you call it a ‘service’”) more evident than ever. Companies want to connect from on-premises apps to cloud services and from cloud services to cloud services. And, all of these connections need to be secure and governed for performance. In short, what they want are flexible, well-defined, integrations of services at the API level using policies to orchestrate the data, messages, and invocations associated with those services. That is a Cloudstream.

Well, it’s actually more than that. A Cloudstream is a packaged integration template that provides a description of everything necessary to govern, secure, and manage the interaction between two services at the API level. It requires an appliance (Humor me. Call it a cloud broker appliance) to act as a gateway between services that is delivered in hardware, software, or managed (cloud) service form. Cloudstreams can be opened and maintained by XML appliances, SOA appliances or gateways, or any intermediary technology that can broker cloud and SOA services.

http://blogs.gartner.com/daryl_plummer/2010/11/08/cloudstreams-the-next-cloud-integration-challenge/


Got to love that observation about "APIs" and "Services". The concept of the "Cloudstream" is a neat way to describe interactions between on-premises and the Cloud, and between Cloud services and other Cloud services, by thinking of everything as a Cloudstream.

Consider a recent Vordel deployment to connect a portal up to Google Apps (Gmail in particular) using Single Sign-On to Google. A neat way to think of this is as a "Cloudstream" from the portal up to Google Apps.


Another example is taking new sales leads from an on-premises ACT system and pushing them up to SalesForce.com as a Cloud Stream. The Cloud Service Broker is the "plumbing" for the Cloudstream (to follow the water analogy). Here at Vordel we look forward to the "Cloudstream" term gaining ground as a simple way to understand the flow of data between on-premises and Cloud services (or "APIs" for under-30s :-) ).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Cisco Connection covers Vordel's Cisco ACE XML Gateway Replacement Program

Jim Duffy at Network World's Cisco Connection covers Vordel's Cisco ACE Gateway Replacement Program today. As well as detailing Cisco's OEL details, he also covers the extra functionality offered by Vordel for service usage and performance analysis, which means that current Cisco customers effectively get an upgrade, rather than just a replacement:
Cisco ACE XML Gateway is designed to boost the performance of Web services applications based on XML and SOAP. Cisco issued an end-of-life bulletin on the product back in August.

The last sale date for the Cisco gateway is Jan. 30, 2011. The last shipment date is Apr. 30, 2011, and software maintenance releases will end on Jan. 30, 2012. Software support will end Jan. 31, 2014, and hardware support will end on Jan. 31, 2016. There is no product replacement from Cisco for the ACE XML Gateway, according to the EoL bulletin.

The Web service usage reporting capability of the Vordel gateway allow users to see who is using SOA services, how often they use them and what service levels they are experiencing.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/replacement-program-offered-cisco-ace-xml-gat
More on the Cisco ACE XML Gateway Replacement Program here...