Sunday, October 16, 2016

VMWare & Amazon Web Services Team Up For The Cloud Wars #Cloud #VMWare #Amazon

Terry Wise, VP of Global Alliances for AWS, sits down with host John Furrier at VMware & Amazon Web Services' joint announcement at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Adobe and Microsoft partner on Azure

Adobe and Microsoft Corp. announced plans for a strategic partnership to help enterprise companies embrace digital transformation and deliver compelling, personalized experiences through every phase of their customer relationships. Together, the two companies will enable businesses to dramatically strengthen their brands through solutions with Microsoft Azure, Adobe Marketing Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is challenging AWS as the best cloud platform. Paul Oliver has used both extensively and is ready to put them head to head. He evaluates them both using several criteria:

* Compute
* Storage
* Databases
* Deployment
* Security
* User Interface
* Support & Community
* Price
* Troubleshooting & Metrics
* Uptime

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cloud Wars: Amazon (AWS) vs. Google (GCP) vs. Microsoft (Azure)

During this 30-minute webinar from January 13, 2016, Jeremy Cioara, Garth Schulte, and Ben Finkel compare and contrast Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure — three of the leading cloud platforms on the market. You'll learn what features the three share, what features help them stand out, and how they can benefit you and your organization.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire

Excerpt from:

For the first eight years of its life, you see, Dropbox stored billions and billions of files on behalf of those 500 million computer users. But, well, the San Francisco startup didn’t really store them on its own. Like so many other tech startups in recent years, Dropbox ran its online operation atop what is commonly called “the Amazon cloud,” a hugely popular service run by, yes, that Amazon—the world’s largest online retailer. Amazon’s cloud computing service lets anyone build and operate software without setting up their own hardware. In other words, those billions of files were stored on Amazon’s machines, rather than machines owned and operated by Dropbox.
But not anymore. Over the last two-and-a-half years, Dropbox built its own vast computer network and shifted its service onto a new breed of machines designed by its own engineers, all orchestrated by a software system built by its own programmers with a brand new programming language. Drawing on the experience of Silicon Valley veterans who erected similar technology inside Internet giants like Google and Facebook and Twitter, it has successfully moved about 90 percent of those files onto this new online empire.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fortune Article: Amazon Retains Public Cloud Crown

According to this article on, although Amazon Web Services still dominates the public cloud market, Microsoft is making ground and closing the gap.

They cite a survey featuring input from 1060 cloud customers:

Overall, AWS is used by 57 percent of respondents, flat from last year. Enterprise adoption of AWS grew from 50 percent to 56 percent while adoption by smaller businesses fell slightly from 61 percent to 58 percent. Azure IaaS grows strongly from 12 percent to 17 percent adoption, while Azure PaaS grows from 9 percent to 13 percent.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

CRN Article: Oracle claims it is quicker than rivals in the cloud

According to this article in CRN, Oracle spends $5.4 billion on R&D every year and that is double our nearest competitor," Senior vice president for cloud Shawn Price said. "So not only are they not spending the requisite R&D as a percentage of total revenue, they don't have the base from which to actually evolve." 

Price labelled any comments that Oracle is itself late to the cloud party as "naïve" and said it couldn't have made this shift any faster. "If you look at our competitors, they don't have a cloud ERP offering," he said. "If you think about SAP, it has no [ERP] offering in the cloud. We are often tagged as being late to the cloud, but if you look at the performance, the scale, that's very naïve. We have 19 data centers, 70 million subscriptions, 600 million SaaS applications and we have taken all the infrastructure that our customers have bought from us and imported that to the cloud.