Utility Computing Paradigm and SOA Philosophy

Ivan Ivanov



The purpose of this paper is to sort out, to the extent possible, the contentious discussion regarding the impact of service oriented architecture to utility computing. How useful is this philosophy in conjunction with utility computing approaches on organizational IT strategies, business processes and directional models? The change to IT utilization is being driven by the infrastructural advantage and economic leverage of the Internet in combination with imperative industry trends: commoditization of IT, Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) and Virtualization of Services and Applications. These trends include several distinct innovations such as: • the use of multiple servers to replace large expensive systems (IT commoditization); • the componentization of flexible application building blocks that can be easily assembled into large, composite business specific applications (Service Oriented Architectures); • the virtualization of operating systems, data storage, network resources, computing power (grid computing) and applications (as a top layer of virtualized services). The business approach seems to achieve the transformation of IT from an inert monolith to a dynamic, business adaptive model. This forms the Utility Computing paradigm. However, the question remains, how well do the UC models synthesize with the agility provided by SOA philosophy to enable a continuous optimization of business processes?


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Paper Citation

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Ivanov I. (2008). Utility Computing Paradigm and SOA Philosophy . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Enterprise Systems and Technology - Volume 1: I-WEST, ISBN 978-989-8111-50-0, pages 35-47. DOI: 10.5220/0004464700350047

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author={Ivan Ivanov},
title={Utility Computing Paradigm and SOA Philosophy},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Enterprise Systems and Technology - Volume 1: I-WEST,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Enterprise Systems and Technology - Volume 1: I-WEST,
TI - Utility Computing Paradigm and SOA Philosophy
SN - 978-989-8111-50-0
AU - Ivanov I.
PY - 2008
SP - 35
EP - 47
DO - 10.5220/0004464700350047