Joseph Gulla

Joseph Gulla




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  • Three Absorbing Middleware Solutions
    December 17, 2018
  • The Middleware Market is Interesting and Growing
    December 10, 2018
  • I Never Want a World Without Middleware
    December 3, 2018
  • z14 Beyond the Conference Handout
    November 26, 2018
  • Is Computer Hardware Underappreciated?
    November 19, 2018
  • Three Absorbing Middleware Solutions

    This week, I am finishing up this three-part series on middleware. In the first post in the series, I discussed the roots of middleware in what I referenced as the real history of middleware, with the real roots being in centralized enterprise systems. Last week, I discussed the taxonomy and market size of middleware. This week, I’ll finish with a discussion of three innovative middleware products.

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    Posted: December 17, 2018 |

    The Middleware Market is Interesting and Growing

    Last week, I revisited a topic that I find revitalizing: Middleware. In my previous post, I discussed the roots of middleware in what I referenced as the real history of middleware, with the real roots being in centralized enterprise systems. This week, I’ll continue with a discussion of the categories or taxonomy of middleware software and the size of the market.

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    Posted: December 10, 2018 |

    I Never Want a World Without Middleware

    For the last three weeks, I have been exploring the dimensions of IBM z14 hardware. As much as I could, I centered everything in those posts on some aspect of the hardware—speed of circuits, cache sizes, number of transistors, miles of wire—you get the idea. If you missed it, here are the two most important paragraphs in all three posts.

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    Posted: December 3, 2018 |

    z14 Beyond the Conference Handout

    For my last two posts, I have explored the z14 hardware a bit like a science fair project. You see, I am mainly a career-long software engineer with a degree in music. I do have other technical degrees, but I have been largely removed from computer hardware. However, I have noticed its astonishing rate of growth and change. With this post, I finish out this brief series on the dance between hardware and software.

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    Posted: November 26, 2018 |

    Is Computer Hardware Underappreciated?

    Last week, I asked the question, “What software engineer doesn’t have a healthy respect for the hardware?” My thought was that respect is one thing, but understanding it is another. This week, I’ll explore a few features imbedded (maybe hidden to the software engineer) in the machine that is the IBM z14. Can we really explore this cosmic topic in a post? Maybe if we break it down into a few main points and focus just on them. Let’s see.

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    Posted: November 19, 2018 |

    The Dance of Hardware and Software

    With this post, I am starting a series on the extraordinary relationship between hardware and the software that runs upon it. I’m a software engineer. That is how I understand and experience the world of computing. I love programming languages and, even more, I love middleware, the great multiplier of programmer productivity. But what software engineer doesn’t have a healthy respect for the hardware? Respect is one thing, but understanding it is another.

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    Posted: November 12, 2018 |

    More on Ops: ITIL and DevOps

    With this post, I finish my focus on computer operations. Last week, I discussed CloudOps and DevOps after previously exploring SysOps, NetOps and WebOps . In this post, I discuss ITIL and DevOps. Does one eliminate the need for the other? How do they interact (if at all)? Let’s explore these topics.

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    Posted: November 5, 2018 |

    More on Ops: CloudOps and DevOps

    With this post, I continue my focus on computer operations (Ops). Last week, I discussed SysOps, NetOps and WebOps. These are three important systems or specializations within computer operations. In this post, I explore CloudOps and DevOps, which are two different ways that Ops is engaged. Although they’re different, CloudOps and DevOps teams are doing what’s necessary to help create and support an innovative vision of IT and how it should operate in support of their organizations. Let’s explore these topics.

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    Posted: October 29, 2018 |

    Let’s Focus on Ops

    With this post, I am starting a series on computer operations (Ops) as in SysOps and NetOps and DevOps. In IT, we often focus on technical disciplines like system administration or availability management, but what about the people, procedures and tools that run and support the broad and challenging world of Ops? Let’s explore the topic.

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    Posted: October 22, 2018 |

    The Future of Jobs in IT

    With this post, I am finishing the series on who does what job in IT and what their job titles are. Now that many jobs have been described and discussed, what kind of future can you expect in job categories like project manager, IT specialists, IT architects and others? Let’s explore the future.

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    Posted: October 15, 2018 |

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