2008 Predictions – SOA, Grid, SCA, Web 2.0, REST, etc.

Here are David A. Chappell’s predictions for 2008:

– Grid computing will grip the attention of enterprise IT leaders, although given the various concepts of hardware grids, compute grids, and data grids, and different approaches taken by vendors, the definition of grid will be as fuzzy as ESB. This is likely to happen at the end of 2008.

– At least one application in the area of what Gartner calls “eXtreme Transaction Processing” (XTP) will become the poster child for grid computing. (see Gartner Research ID # G00151768 – Massimo Pezzini). This “killer app” for grid computing will most likely be in the financial services industry or the travel industry. Scalable, fault tolerant, grid enabled middle tier caching will be a key component of such applications.

– Service Component Architecture (SCA) will become the new way for SOA applications to be defined as support from all the major platform vendors (sans Microsoft) will be rolled out.

– By end of year it will be clear that an understanding of infrastructure requirements for common problems such as predictable scalability, reliability, security, (*-ilities) will be necessary in order to support any combination of SOA, REST, or Web 2.0 style applications. However the exact architecture or even the list of requirements in support of such infrastructure will not be well understood or agreed upon. Such a common understanding will not come to bear until at least 2010. This will be the new frontier to explore in the coming years.



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