Explore the benefits of Cloud services architecture
Is your organization ready to implement Cloud applications?
With the hype of Cloud applications and Cloud computing dominating the current IT landscape, much as SOA did five years ago, we should look at the bigger picture and remember the reasons why Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) was first hyped as a crucial business and IT initiative when it first began to gain popularity and market share. When SOA first became “hot”, the aim of SOA was to enable business agility and flexibility, achieve reduced application maintenance costs, attain faster time to market, and drive savings and cost avoidances through service reuse. Based on the past overhyping of SOA, the challenge to live up to those overinflated expectations has been enormous. SOA has not failed as a business, IT and architectural strategy, but it has failed to live up to the claims that were initially made, which is unsurprising considering how overhyped it was.
Take a look at the typical benefits of Cloud Computing—look familiar? That’s because in some ways history is repeating itself. Many of the target benefits of Cloud services architecture are the same goals that organizations started SOA initiatives to achieve:
- Faster time to market
- Cost savings
Many organizations have had success with their SOA initiatives, and thus are positioned to adopt Cloud architecture as a viable technology strategy. If an organization is already benefitting from the myriad benefits of SOA, they will be in an even better position to benefit from the implementation of Cloud applications and Cloud architecture.
Cloud services architecture logically builds upon SOA concepts of “services,” particularly in the shared SOA infrastructure services, core enterprise services, and clean layered architectures that SOA requires. Organizations that have embraced SOA will have an easier transition into Cloud Computing. However, many organizations who struggled with SOA have rapidly abandoned their failed SOA strategies and have focused their efforts on Cloud Computing with hopes of realizing many similar benefits.
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