Java One was Cloud Crazy

I went to Java One last week and was a bit surprised by the amount of cloud chatter. I expected to hear a lot about Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy on stage together. I expected melancholy predictions that this would be the last Java One. I did not expect to hear everyone talking about cloud computing. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that Sun was going to talk about cloud computing. The Sun booth had several stations dedicated to the subject and the Sun store was selling cloud t-shirts. The thing that got me was how many participants were talking about the cloud. All of the technical sessions that had anything to do with cloud computing were packed. Even more surprising was the fact that the sessions extolled the virtues of Amazon EC2 even though Sun is working on their own Cloud offering. I sat through three sessions where the first half hour was dedicated to “Amazon 101”. It looks like Amazon is where real solutions are being created for now but there is definitely competition on the way.

The “last mile” – It often seems like 10

[This is a guest post from an Electric Cloud technology partner: Daniel Nelson, VP of Products at Phurnace Software (]

In the software development lifecycle the results need to ultimately get out into production.  The application must make it onto the server, the server needs to be configured and all of the properties, paths and settings need to be correct to get the value of the application.  Those in the data center often refer this to the last mile.  And it is often a real bear.  Seems more like 10 miles at times.  Sophisticated and robust tools like ElectricCommander have automated almost all of the steps in the process, but rely on home-grown scripts to lay the applications down on app servers.  Why?  It is actually a logical approach if you have no alternative.  Every environment is different.  Every app has different settings for WebSphere (or WebLogic or JBoss) and there is no way to anticipate those differences.  Therefore – the last mile is unique to each customer and each app –the IT or dev teams write scripts.  It takes skilled resources and the scripts are always in need of attention.  Not anymore.  STOP.  That is no longer necessary.  What if ElectricCommander could hand off the EAR file to a software tool that has already pre-built a model of the environment and has made all of the JDBC, JMS, and application bindings for you?  What if it required NO scripting?  What if the “last mile” was now automated and under the control of your build and release system?  Ta Da !  It is now.  Phurnace Software is an auto deployment and configuration tool that will eliminate custom scripting.  And you can drive it all from within ElectricCommander.  The last mile is now just a step away.

–          Daniel Nelson, VP of Products, Phurnace Software

JavaOne 2009

Planning to head to JavaOne this week?  Stop by our booth in the Expo Hall and say hello.  We’ll have product experts on hand to show you our latest and greatest solutions for Java development.  Come see us at booth #304.