April 2008: IronCloud: Managed Infrastructure for Data as a Service
Quote of the Month
“Data as a Service is a subset of SaaS primarily focused on delivering data in response to a query rather than providing access to a more elaborate, full-blown application. Google search arguably falls into this bucket. StrikeIron's Web services that verify and cleanse data are also examples, as are some of Amazon's lesser known services that offer up historical pricing data and the like. – Gordon Haff / Heartland Institute 'Cloud Computing' Is Changing Web
Note from the President
What's New at StrikeIron
What's New in Web Services?
StrikeIron in the News:
Note from the President: StrikeIron IronCloud
IronCloud is an exciting launch for us.
As our customers and fan base know, we have invested a lot of resources over the years in building out a comprehensive Web services delivery infrastructure that serves as the foundation of our Web Services Marketplace. This infrastructure has many capabilities built in such as easy self-service provisioning for service consumers, a redundant and load-balanced architecture, ongoing service monitoring for performance and reliability, Web service normalization for minimizing consumer complexity, usage metering, multiple protocol support, and a whole lot more. We have been thrilled with the broad array of applications from multiple verticals that utilize the rich set of data sources available from StrikeIron in heavy duty production environments.
What our new offering IronCloud enables us to do is to expand the application of this infrastructure beyond subscription-based Web service usage. Those who want to leverage the same Web service delivery platform to externalize their own data or services to the general public for use in applications, mashups, mobile devices, and Web sites can take advantage of our "industrial strength Web service onboarding" capabilities. They can have services live and available on the Web for use in a very short period of time. This will enable waves of innovators to build on top of the service provider's offering and deliver valuable real-time analytics back to the service provider about that usage so the offerings can be optimized.
Also, it will enable the publishing of "private services" where the same architecture can be leveraged to publish Web services with access controlled completely by the service provider, enabling service delivery to controlled audiences without the development, deployment, and operational cost and headaches this typically requires. Think of it as white-labeled Web services hosting. The use cases here are limitless.
The timing for this Web service delivery platform is ideal as other application development and deployment platforms (currently known as platform-as-a-service) will require data to feed those applications that are sharing the infrastructure of the Web "out in the cloud", and IronCloud will be the perfect complement.
In the meantime it's a great way to outsource the business processes around data and Web service externalization, enabling an organization to reach out to the masses of innovators out on the Web with the data and business functions of their choice.
Join us for our May Webinar
Dave Linthicum, CEO of StrikeIron: Delivering Enterprise Data Over the Emerging Web
While the Web used to be a collection of static pages, company brochures, and “places to go”, it is now truly evolving into the super information highway that we have all envisioned. It is serving as a mechanism of data transfer and communication between multiple computer systems, allowing a whole new wave of innovation to occur that is transforming the industry in new and exciting ways. Register now: (Webinar)
What's New at StrikeIron?
StrikeIron Introduces Web Services Delivery Platform
Enables data to be exposed to internal and external sources while managing and controlling usage (IronCloud)
StrikeIron Continues to Build Momentum as Consumption of Data as a Service Grows
Revenue more than doubles as over 250 customers add to first quarter growth (Momentum)
StrikeIron Names David Linthicum as New CEO
SOA visionary to drive continued growth for the next generation of SOA and Web 2.0 leadership (Linthicum)
What's New in Web Services?
Introducing IronCloud™: Managed Infrastructure for your Data as a Service
Enterprises of all sizes can now reduce the cost and complexity of managing the challenges of data distribution including metering, monitoring, authentication, and concentrate their focus on making information easier to access and use. (IronCloud)
Lite Services from StrikeIron
StrikeIron created Lite Web services so developers would have a quick and easy way to leverage multiple data sources for use in mashups or other applications or Web sites without requiring registration. We even give you the first 100 hits per day for FREE! (Lite)
Cortera Business Vitals
Acquire the key elements of a US business location such as unique ID, complete address, phone number, URL, SIC, NAIC, employees, sales and year started. (Vitals)
Cortera Credit Pulse
Determine the credit risk of a business with Cortera’s business credit score and summary level trade payment information. (Pulse)
StrikeIron in the News
OnStrategies Perspectives: IT Forecast is Partly Cloudy
...but for now, we’ll review the first of a couple interesting plays at virtualizing data services from the cloud. (IT Forecast)
Dana Gardner: SOA and compute clouds point to rethinking data entirely: roles and permissions, not rows and tables
...but then there’s the data, still strapped into a definition that associates it to applications, even as applications as we know them are evolving dramatically. (Gardner)
DataServices World: Data is the Primary Component of Architecture, Including SOA
Data is after all the primary component of architecture, including SOA. (Data)
'Cloud Computing' Is Changing the Web
"Cloud computing" is becoming an increasingly popular term, but many people aren't quite sure what it means. (Cloud)