Get in shape. Organize the basement. Set up a college fund. Read the classics. Nearly all of us procrastinate about something
Nobel Prize winners do it), but if you've been putting off deploying Java applications into the cloud, well, you've just
run out of excuses.
This week, Java Service Architect Chris Bailey gives you a nudge, explaining how you can quickly and easily move any
existing Java application into a cloud-based environment using the IBM
Application Pattern for Java. Step-by-step instructions (including two video demos) show you how to create, deploy, and
monitor your virtual app, and then make it reusable as either a platform or a modifiable template. Learn the difference between
infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) clouds, and find out how IBM Application Pattern for
Java makes the most of both of these concepts.
Who knows? The experience might inspire you to, say, try bungee jumping. Or give you an excuse to avoid it.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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