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




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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 Fortune.com, 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.

CIO.com Article: Microsoft, Google earnings shed light on cloud war


According to this article on CIO.com, while Microsoft currently has a significant lead over Google in the workplace productivity market, the companies' cloud-based offerings are just a small fraction of their businesses. However, both plan to invest heavily in Office 365 and Google for Work in 2016.

The article explains that only 13 percent of businesses currently use either Office 365 or Google for Work, according to new research from Gartner, which means massive opportunities for growth exist for both Microsoft and Google as more businesses switch to cloud services. 

"Among public companies using cloud-based email, Microsoft is more popular with larger organizations and has more than an 80 percent share of companies using cloud email with revenue above $10 billion," says Jeffrey Mann, research vice president at Gartner. "Google's popularity is better among smaller companies, approaching a 50 percent share of companies with revenue less than $50 million."





Washington Post Article: The cloud wars are seriously heating up


According to this article in the Washington Post, Cloud Computing "means a huge business opportunity — and that has sparked heavy competition among companies looking to manage the tech needs of the next decade's enterprise market."

It points out that cloud revenues were a very large focus for analyst attention on recent earnings calls with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Oracle.

The article highlighted the fact that Amazon reported $687 million in operating income on $2.4 billion in revenue for Amazon Web Services (AWS).  It also predicted that AWS revenue for the year was on track to be "just short" of $10 billion by the end of its fourth quarter.  It also explained that Microsoft does not break out specifically how much money it's cloud infrastructure service,  Azure, makes, but it did report that Azure had grown 140 percent in the past year. Its cloud services overall, which include traditional server businesses such as Exchange, brought in $6.3 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter, a 5 percent improvement over the same period last year.



Sunday, January 31, 2016

ETCIO Article: Here's how Microsoft's secret weapon in the cloud wars with Amazon will work


According to this article in ETCIO, Microsoft's secret weapon to beat Amazon in the cloud is "Azure Stack, a product that lets you build your own version of the Microsoft Azure cloud on your own servers or data center."

They describe Azure Stack as a solution that for all intents and purposes works like Azure, including its efficient resource utilization and developer tools.  Since it's the same set of tools and infrastructure, Neil says, it makes it simple to pick up and move an application or a swath of infrastructure and move it from an Azure Stack installation in a local data center and into the Azure public cloud.

The article summarizes the opportunity by stating that this service will be in high demand for enterprise customers to transition their on premise infrastructure to the cloud and even smaller customers might be interested in taking advantage of a service like this.  It also states that Google and Amazon don't have any products in place today or in the near future that can provide the capabilities of Azure Stack.