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'With RESERVOIR, our aim is to provide cloud-computing-based technologies that will enable the borderless delivery of IT services based on actual demands to keep costs competitive,' said Dr. Yaron Wolfsthal, senior manager of System Technologies at the IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel, as IBM today announced that it is leading a joint research initiative of 13 European partners to develop technologies that help automate the fluctuating demand for IT resources in a cloud computing environment. As Wolfsthal says, the 17M Euro EU-funded initiative is called RESERVOIR -- Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers. It will explore the deployment and management of IT services across different administrative domains, IT platforms and geographies. "You can think of cloud computing as the Internet operating system for business and RESERVOIR as pioneering technolog... (more)

Layer 7 Exec Comments on IBM's Acquisition of DataPower

IBM's acquisition of DataPower will no doubt cause commentary on the part of customers, partners, and competitors, as Big Blue continues its recent aggressive marketing and technology moves into the burgeoning global SOA marketplace. One of the early comments came from Layer 7, and a company executive also spoke with Web Services Journal about the deal. “This acquisition seems to concede that the current generation performance and security solutions offered by the platform vendors is not enough for customers contemplating SOA.” says Dimitri Sirota, VP of Marketing and... (more)

SOA World Conference & Expo SYS-CON.TV Power Panel Live From Times Square

View "SOA World Conference & Expo" Power Panel Executives from IBM, BEA, JBoss, Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun debated diverse aspects of their application server offerings. A discussion of price points, from the JBoss open-source model which emphasizes service revenues, to the more traditional business models from most of the other vendors was followed by a discussion of the technical merits of each platform and how each company is uniquely striving to serve what it perceives as its customers' needs. The six industry experts involved in the Shoot-Out this year were Mark Heid (IBM), G... (more)

Managing the "Service Layer" of Applications to Get the Most from Your SOA

Widely discussed in IT circles are the limitations of traditional application management products in enabling organizations to achieve maximum return on their SOA investments – often thanks to the higher level of complexity for applications running in this environment. Application Performance Management (APM) solutions provide deep visibility into the performance of an application’s code, but fail to associate this code performance with visibility to the performance of the ‘business services’ delivered by these applications. The result, more often than not... (more)

IBM Aiding in the Fight Against Cancer

IBM, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University will collaborate to mine information from a huge bank of medical images and other data in the fight against cancer. The project will use advanced computer and imaging technologies that facilitate comparisons of cancerous tissues, cell and radiology studies. With the resulting information, researchers and physicians expect to be able to make more accurate cancer prognoses, more personalized treatment planning and eventually to discover and develop new cancer drugs. This project is an extension of the "Help Defeat Cance... (more)