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Issue XLV, December 2010

Machiavelli's SOA: Toward a Theory of SOA Security

Philip Wik

Philip Wik

"Am I politic?" asks the host of the Garter Inn in Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor. "Am I subtle? Am I Machiavel?" Over the last four centuries, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) has been called worse things than "subtle". Machiavelli's name has become a synonym for intrigue and his most famous book The Prince has been regarded as a blueprint for amorality. Joseph Stalin had a copy of this book on his bed stand and Benito Mussolini incorporated Machiavelli's ideas into his fascist regime. On the other hand, progressives such as presidents Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt praised the Italian diplomat for his republican ideals. But the challenge of his slender volume is that it may not be what it purports to be-a manual for newcomers to power and a plea to the Medici to drive foreigners from Italy...

SOA and Information Risk Management

Clive Gee

Clive Gee

A company's information assets have become more valuable over time as we continue to evolve into a knowledge-based economy. Protecting these assets has become an industry unto itself. What started as IT security -- keeping the "bad guys" out of our networks -- has become full-blown risk management as the business implications of compromised information assets have been realized. SOA magnifies risks associated with information assets by exposing those assets more readily to a broad audience. While this is beneficial to business operations, it is cause for greater concern for security and risk management professionals. It is critical that the SOA governance team partners with risk management teams to assess risks that are brought about or intensified by SOA. Organizations new to SOA may have sophisticated risk management policies and practices but often do not fully recognize the implications of SOA...

Cloud Computing Basics

Enrique Castro-Leon Bernard Golden Miguel Gomez

Fillipos Santas
Fillipos Santas Fillipos Santas

Cloud computing is the latest-and hottest-technology trend going. Many people see it as crucial to the next step in enterprise computing, and an inevitable development in internal data centers. But what is it? It doesn't take long while examining the buzz around cloud computing to realize the definition of cloud computing is, well, cloudy. There are tons of definitions around, and each day brings someone else's definition to the mix. At HyperStratus, instead of adding to the cacophony of definitions, we refer to one promulgated in the February 2009 report by the UC Berkeley Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory. The illusion of infinite computing resources available on demand, thereby eliminating the need for cloud computing users to plan far ahead for provisioning; The elimination of an upfront commitment by cloud users, thereby allowing companies to start small and increase hardware resources only when there is an increase in their needs; The ability to pay for use of computing resources on a short-term basis as needed (for example, processors by the hour and storage by the day) and release them as needed, thereby rewarding conservation by letting machines and storage go when they are no longer useful...

Announcing the Chinese-Translated SOA Manifesto
& Annotated SOA Manifesto

Tony Shan Yue Yuan

Tony Shan
Yue Yuan

Building upon the Chinese-translated version of the SOA Manifesto authored by Tony Shan, the Chinese translation of the entire Annotated SOA Manifesto was just completed by Stockholm-based IT Consultant, Yue Yuan. Both versions of the Manifesto were created in Simplified Chinese and their release follows the publication of the Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Russian translated versions of the SOA Manifesto and Annotated SOA Manifesto.

Visit the Chinese-translated pages here:

[view] (Original SOA Manifesto)

[view] (Annotated SOA Manifesto)

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