Category: Architecture

Do Businesses Dream of the Public Cloud?

In as little as a decade the public cloud has emerged from nowhere providing the dream of consumption based computing to businesses across the world.  Gone are the days of large capital outlays and long lead times to provision infrastructure, nor is there a need to securely run privately owned physical datacentres or host infrastructure…

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Is Vertical Scalability Even a Thing Any More?

Enterprise computing relied heavily on large, expensive database infrastructure. The cloud has rendered this type of design obsolete.  Vertical scalability has given way to elastic horizontal scalability. Vertical scalability vs horizontal scalability Vertical scalability means the ability to increase the capacity of your hardware to handle more load. This was definitely a thing in mainframe…

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Microservices: A Restatement of SOA

345 Systems have just been exhibiting and presenting at API World over in San Jose (  This has been a great conference and expo, focused on APIs and microservices, with a whole track on building solutions through integration of APIs. Microservices are a really hot topic at the moment, and people are jumping on the…

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Enterprise Application Configuration #4: The Application Configuration Lifecycle

In this series of blog posts I am discussing aspects of Enterprise Application Configuration and how we have come across and resolved issues in real-life mission critical systems. When I talk about Enterprise Applications, I generally refer to applications that are (a) mission critical and (b) distributed across multiple machines.  Sometimes (c) geographically dispersed across…

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