Sun Grid, 2006

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While the Sun Grid has been an interesting alternative for large companies who might want to offload some of their workloads–such as the Monte Carlo analysis used to assess risk in investment portfolios, which doesn’t have any account information in it and is therefore not a big risk for a financial institution to let out on the other side of its firewalls–the Sun Grid is not supposed to be the utility that they use, but rather the utility that is the prototype for the ones that Sun expects its partners to build. The Sun Grid is also supposed to be available for ISVs to use for free to grid-enable their applications and for independent developers to do the same. And, perhaps more significantly in the long run, it is supposed to be a place where individuals can buy capacity to run early iterations of financial or molecular models or product designs so they can more quickly refine their designs–and do so earlier than and more frequently than they would if they had to allocate funds to build their own cluster of servers or get their chief financial officers down the hall to do it.

Sun Grid, 2006

BMC streamlines job management to address the devops need for speed (451 Reports)

My report on BMC’s Control-M’s recent updates catering to developer is now up, for 451 clients.

The 451 Takes is below:

BMC’s proposition to speed up the batch job process cycle squares with what we tend to see in the mainstream wilds of IT. Cloud and devops are creeping into these shops at a steady pace. These shops often have sophisticated batch job processing at their center – submitting inventory orders, processing HR files, supply chain analytics, or otherwise nightly updating the enterprise state machine to drive decisions and actions in the next business day. These processes are ensconced in very tightly wound ‘legacy’ layers like mainframes, batch job processes and relational databases. Businesses need to evolve new application layers on top of these core legacy layers, so enterprises are looking at ways to ‘pace layer’ these services by layering RESTful APIs or, as is the case here, adding self-service interfaces for interacting with batch job management. Speeding up all aspects of the enterprise IT process certainly seems advisable – in our recent devops market study that looked at the early ‘mainstream’ devops market, we found that half of respondents wanted to deploy their software to production more often, pointing toward the need to speed up the entire application development pipeline.

451 clients can read the whole report here, or apply for a trial if you’d like to peek behind the paywall.

BMC streamlines job management to address the devops need for speed (451 Reports)