Category Archives: Solution Architecture

Architecture: 1000 ways to skin the cat, either way, the cat’s till dead

Thanks to @jadkins for the colorful ending to that cliched saying, which really got me thinking. Sometimes we just make certain aspects of architecture too difficult for no reason. Good design is important and can have significant financial impact if done incorrectly, but chances are the negative impact comes into play during the engineering effort,… Read More »

Metering and Instrumentation: Two Critical and Oft Forgotten Features of Cloud Services

Additionally, proper inclusion of metering and instrumentation interfaces into you Cloud service means that you have greater control over the granularity of the data produced through these interfaces. Most metering solutions I’ve seen today are very coarse-grained and often focused on infrastructure usage, such as cost per CPU cycle or gigabyte. What if you wanted to produce a service that had tiered pricing? This would require that those service operations provide the details of each transaction to a metering service.

When SOA Fails, Just SCA

There’s a lot of points that will be made in this blog entry.  To keep them straight, I will highlight them right up front: Vendors are getting behind SCA because it reinforces a need for tools The importance of architects in software development Untested technologies are being pushed on IT like bad drugs from the… Read More »