TIBCO Software developed a core middleware software so clients could tie together enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other systems. As these functions shift from the corporate data center to managed “clouds” of utility computing, the middleware is moving also, says Ivan Casanova, TIBCO’s director of marketing.
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Q: What is cloud computing and what is TIBCO doing with cloud computing services?
Q: How is Silver helping companies get started in the cloud?
A: First and foremost, Silver cloud services are complementary and additive to TIBCO’s traditional onpremise products. Customers will always buy an integration server to solve challenges inside their firewall. By putting that integration server in the cloud we see users developing new products and services focusing on solving new problems in new ways.
Q: How has TIBCO taken advantage of the cloud and what’s formvine.com?
Q: Is the on-demand aspect of cloud computing the main feature driving adoption?
A: What makes Silver – and Silver Spotfire — interesting are what makes the cloud an important strategy for an enterprise. The cloud enables people to solve new problems in new ways – we’re seeing the cloud provide unlimited capacity to do work. For TIBCO we are trying to build software that allows our clients to tape into the unlimited capacity the cloud can provide. Silver Spotfire enables business folks to collaborate on analytics, dashboards and data visualizations without the help of any IT staff. This is a great example of solving new problems in new ways because the barriers to using complex systems have never been lower.
Q: So instead of creating new problems, technology creates new solutions?
A: It’s not just TIBCO, all the cloud services vendors are making technology more accessible. At JFK Airport I saw two 20-somethings checking their website servers using Amazon’s cloud services. They logged into the back-end of a website from a bar’s WiFi connection to see what’s going on.
Q: And that speeds up business for both the software maker and their customers?
A: For cloud vendors, even those selling infrastructure, you have a single-point of update for your software ad services. This gives engineers a chance to be more iterative and see precisely what clients are thinking and in real-time.
Think about the difference between Salesforce building a new feature and a traditional on-premise CRM solution. Salesforce updates a server with a few lines of code and everyone gets that feature today. In the on-premise world, code first goes to a development site and then offered as a patch or download, or waits for a new release to reach the market. Then that company has to wait for customers to contact support for feedback. The cloud makes innovation much faster — with a view of how people are using your tools at a more granular level than ever before.
Q: So the utility computing model of ‘pay for what you use’ makes a bottom-line argument.
A: The economics of the cloud are compelling for enterprise. It moves IT from a capital expense that is finite to an operating expense, which can be more fungible. And if I’m a CIO, I’m aligning costs to how much actually gets used. We are at the start of a paradigm shift and TIBCO is helping speed that change. Today, 95 percent of servers are owned and operated by enterprise IT organizations. Ten years from now is that number going to be 50 percent, 30 percent? Whatever the number, it’s going to be smaller. And TIBCO Silver allows them to use what they need – providing the connective tissue that lets them reap benefits instead of paying for all the infrastructure and overhead.
Q: What about the security and service level concerns?
A: We see a private cloud as a good entry point– a starting place for getting users comfortable with cloud security and service-level agreement management. Over time, they can fold in resources from the public cloud.
A great example of this is a British managed service provider named COLT that started working with Silver as the backbone of its cloud product/service offerings. COLT hosts applications, middleware and data for its customers, serving those back with a secure IP connection.
Q: Can you tell us more about private clouds and how they relate to public clouds?
Spotfire Blogging Team