The Business Value of Virtual Service Oriented Grids

Strategic Insights for Enterprise Decision Makers
Book Type: Intel Press Books
Category: IT Best Practices
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"In this book the authors track the trends, create new rules based on new realities, and establish new market models. With virtual service oriented grids, the sky is the limit," writes Wei-jen Lee, University of Texas - Arlington professor, about The Business Value of Virtual Service Oriented Grids.

The application of service oriented architecture (SOA) for business will interest decision makers looking for the latest advances in technologies and ideas on how to utilize those advances to keep up in a global economy.

The Business Value of Virtual Service Oriented Grids provides a framework that describes how the convergence of three well-known technologies is defining a new information technology model that will fundamentally change the way we do business. The first step, say the authors, is the development of new applications for the consumer market. However, even bigger is the development of new applications in a federated fashion using services modules called servicelets. These federated or composite applications can be built in a fraction of the time it takes to develop traditional applications. This new environment will lower the bar for applications development, opening opportunities for thousands of smaller players worldwide.

"We live in exponential times. . . . The economy is now thoroughly global. The Internet has replaced many of the middle layers of business, has enabled many to work from home or from a small company, and is revolutionizing the retail industries." writes Portland State University professor Gerald Sheble. "The advent of SOA is going to impact information processing and computer services on a scale not previously envisioned."

The speed-up in application development and integration will accelerate the deployment of IT capabilities, which in turn will have a consequential effect on the organization’s business agility. Corporate decision makers will enjoy the ability to pick and choose among capital and operations expenses to suit their organization’s business goals as the book clearly explains the interplay between technology, architectural considerations, and standards with illustrative examples.

Finally, it tells you how your organization can benefit from servicelets, alerts you about integration pitfalls, and describes approaches for putting together your technology adoption strategy for building your virtual SOA environment.

"This book provides a clear perspective of the topical treatment on grid. It indicates a well thoughtout study and eludes to an actionable plan businesses can use today to develop a strategy for grid incorporation."

Jack Story, CTO of Infocrossing, a Wipro company

"This book makes for pleasant reading. It shows the basic concepts and the interplay of three emerging technologies: vitualization, service orientation and grid computing. However, it does not stop there. It continues on to escort readers to the realm of virtual service oriented grid solutions—motivation, key ideas and principles, technical challenges, risks and trade-offs. Finally, this book helps the reader to build a grid strategy aligned with her and his specific business needs and situations. This book moves away from ivory-tower views of the aforementioned technologies, but still laying out a strong vision of virtual service oriented grid solutions to realize the full potential. I would highly recommend to all of my colleagues; it provides much useful material for an enterprise to make strategic decisions on the convergence of virtualization, SOA and Grids."

Dr. Jun-Jang (JJ) Jeng, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

"We live in exponential times. Memory is not core-limited to kilobytes but is now semiconductor-limited to megabytes. The global economy is thoroughly entrenched. The Internet has replaced many of the middle layer of business, has enabled many to work from home or from a small company, and is revolutionizing the retail industries. The advent of SOA is going to impact information processing and computer services on a scale not previously envisioned. It has come just in time for the energy crisis, that is about to become a food crisis, and an economic crisis.
"SOA is arriving just in time for the rebuilding of the energy infrastructure of the electric, gas, and oil networks as well as the conversion of transportation to electric vehicles and to return to train transportation. Just as the power grid is moving to micro-grids and distributed generation, SOA will play a major role in increasing efficiency of all energy networks, the conversion processes between networks, and the use of energy at the customer sites. SOA will be the enabling technology for the smart grid and for the use of renewable distributed generation. SOA will require the easing of political boundaries for more trade and for more information transparency. It is critical for all those involved with the planning process of all supply chains to understand the implications, the hurdles, and the benefits of this next technological breakthrough."

Gerald Shebl´, Ph.D., MBA, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Portland State University

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About the Author(s)

Enrique Castro-Leon

Enrique Castro-Leon is an Enterprise Architect and Technology Strategist with the Intel Architecture Group at Intel working in enterprise IT solution integration, cloud computing and service engineering. He has functioned as consultant and solution architect for data center planning with focus on energy efficiency and power and thermal modeling and analysis of data centers in large corporations.   Enrique also has led technology integration projects that combine hardware, firmware and software components to deliver advanced rack-level power management capabilities.

Jackson He

Jackson He is a lead architect in Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, specializing in manageability usages and enterprise solutions. He holds PhD and MBA degrees from the University of Hawaii. Jackson has overall 20 years of IT experience and has worked in many disciplines from teaching, to programming, engineering management, datacenter operations, architecture designs, and industry standard definitions. Jackson was Intel’s representative at OASIS, RosettaNet, and Distributed Management Task Force. He also served on the OASIS Technical Advisory Board from 2002 – 2004. In recent years, Jackson has focused on enterprise infrastructure manageability and platform energy efficiency in dynamic IT environment.

Mark Chang

Mark Chang is a principal strategist in the Intel Technology Sales group specializing in Service Oriented Enterprise and advanced client system business and technology strategies worldwide. Mark has more than 20 years of industry experience including software product development, data center modernization and virtualization, unified messaging service deployment, and wireless services management. He participated in several industry standard organizations to define the standards in CIM virtualization models and related Web services protocols. Additionally, Mark has a strong relationship with the system integration and IT outsourcing community. He holds an MS degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Parviz Peiravi

Parviz Peiravi is a principal architect with Intel Corporation responsible for enterprise worldwide solutions and design; he has been with the company for more than 11 years. He is primarily responsible for designing and driving development of service oriented architecture, utility computing, and virtualization solutions and computing architectures in support of Intel's focus areas within enterprise computing.