Making cloud a reality! Impact 2011 through the lens of WebSphere Technical Evangelist, Dustin Amrhein
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Contributed by Dustin Amrhein, WebSphere Technical Evangelist
It is hard to believe it has been a year since IMPACT 2010, but the reality of imposing presentation and lab submission deadlines says that IMPACT 2011 is not far away. Apart from the hectic lead up to the conference, IMPACT has always been my favorite event of the year. It is a great time to meet with users, participate in technical discussions that have practical business applications, learn about new solutions, and network with fellow technologist. Oh, and it is in Las Vegas, so the setting isn’t all that bad either!
This year, not only do I get to learn from others at IMPACT, but I also get to try my hand at teaching. For the last several years, I have been an advocate for cloud solutions in IBM WebSphere and across IBM Software in general. At the conference this year, I will continue that advocacy with a few sessions and labs designed to give you an up-close look of leveraging IBM solutions to make the cloud a reality for your business.
One of the hottest topics when I go and speak with customers today is virtualization. While virtualization is an overloaded term that could mean any number of things, many customers I speak with are increasingly leveraging or exploring two types: server virtualization and application virtualization. In that regard, I will be co-presenting a session along with Keith Smith, chief architect for WebSphere Virtual Enterprise, on the integration capabilities between WebSphere CloudBurst and WebSphere Virtual Enterprise. The combination of these two solutions via our Intelligent Management Pack, allows you to leverage the server virtualization capabilities of WebSphere CloudBurst and the application virtualization capabilities of WebSphere Virtual Enterprise from a single management plane. Look for the session entitled Dynamic Clouds with WebSphere CloudBurst and WebSphere Virtual Enterprise in your conference guide, and stop by to hear about the how and why of this integration.
Automation is another hot topic among users I talk with today. In particular, I talk with many WebSphere users interested in implementing automation for processes relating to their WebSphere application environments. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I encourage you to pop into my Simplifying WebSphere Development and Test Using an On-Premise Cloud session. I will be co-presenting with David Brauneis (yet another chief architect, this time for Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere), and we will discuss the simple, yet effective integration of WebSphere CloudBurst and Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere. These two solutions combine to provide the automated provisioning and configuration of fully configured, cloud-based middleware application environments with little to no user-supplied configuration actions. Join us as we show these ease of this integration and explore the different usage scenarios where it provides real value.
For my fellow hands-on learners, I will also be leading a WebSphere CloudBurst lab at IMPACT. In the lab, you will learn how to use IBM Hypervisor Edition virtual images and WebSphere CloudBurst patterns to create and deploy cloud-based middleware environments. For those of you that want to learn more about WebSphere CloudBurst, but are a little anxious about getting hands-on, don’t be! The appliance is super easy to use, and we will have plenty of IBMers there ready to help you and answer any questions you may have. If you want to attend this lab, look for the Hands-on Lab: WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance session.
Just writing about the sessions gets me hyped about IBM IMPACT. We are just about a month out, so I hope you are making your plans to attend now. I promise you will not walk away disappointed!
The Technology Program demonstrates how Business Process Management promotes the alignment of business and IT teams for greater agility. Other sessions explain how cloud, virtualization and application middleware can deliver flexibility, efficiency and cost savings. Attend the Technology Program and become an expert on the latest technologies that will give your organization an edge.