Cloud Computing: Bringing the Dark Side of Enterprise Apps into the Light
Over the last several years, the applications world has bifurcated into two world views: Enterprise and Web/Mobile. The "Dark Side" of the Enterprise is characterized by monolithic, expensive applications that are partition intolerant, rely upon vertical scalability, and have a single point of control. The "Light Side" of the Web consists of distributed, mobile-friendly, resilient applications that are partition tolerant, horizontally scalable, and often have distributed control structures. The Dark Side sees the Web and mobile devices as little more than user interfaces, while the Light Side sees the Enterprise as ancient legacy spaghetti code. Neither perspective does the other justice.
These two world views have lived in a precarious balance since the Web established itself in the 1990s. But now, Cloud Computing is rewriting the book on Enterprise apps.
On the Light Side, Cloud Computing is all of IT: deployment model, business model, and application context all rolled into one. But in the enterprise, Cloud represents paradigm-shifting change: it's dragging IT into the world of elastic, partition tolerant, horizontally scalable, hypermedia-driven applications. But bringing the Dark Side into the Light isn't easy. Dark Forces (aka enterprise app vendors) are willing to do anything to recast Cloud as little more than a hosted provider model for "traditional" IT.
Attendees of this session will learn: * The fundamental architectural differences between traditional Enterprise apps and the Web/mobile approach * The essential characteristics of Cloud Computing that promise to drive the re-architecture of Enterprise apps toward fundamental Web architectures * How large software vendors are trying to co-opt the Cloud story to reinforce traditional enterprise IT, and what you can do about it