Sunday, January 18, 2015

Popular Article On The Cloud Wars for January 18, 2015

The commodity battle is only one front in the cloud wars
... to create much higher-margin goods, and all three cloud providers offer a range of additional services built on top of the commodity infrastructure. Flag as irrelevant 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Popular Articles on The Cloud Wars for January 17, 2015

AWS Launches Supercharged C4 Cloud Instances | Data Center Knowledge

Clouds often have an advantage over competitors with specific use cases. Cloud Spectator attempts a cost comparison keeping the use case in mind.
Which IaaS Provider is Cheapest? Which One Has More Configurations, Locations?
// Data Center Knowledge

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Microsoft Azure Announces New G Series Instances

On Friday, Microsoft announces the general availability of incredible new capabilities in Azure.  The new G Series Virtual Machines will be the most powerful VMs yet featuring up to 32 vCPUs with the latest XEON e5 v3 processors, up to 448GB of memory. and an amazing 6.59 TB of local SSD storage.

All this memory will enable much faster deployments of mission critical apps including relational database servers like SQL and MySQL as well as large NoSQL and BigData solutions like MongoDB, Cassandra, Cloudera, xTremeData, and DataStax.  

Microsoft Azure continues to put pressure on the rest of IAAS suppliers.

Your move, Amazon.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Microsoft Will Win The Cloud Wars?

According to the Motley Fool, Microsoft will win the Cloud Wars.

Their premise is as follows:

Because Microsoft's figured out the real opportunity to generate cloud revenues isn't hosting, that's already a commoditized business. Delivering its suite of software products via the cloud, and continuing to add solutions and delivery channels via strategic partnerships is where Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is focusing his efforts, just as he should.

It's a good point.  Amazon and Google have been so quick to slash prices, you wonder how much they truly think their customers value their service.  You can make the argument that Microsoft is a dinosaur and all the momentum has been with Google and Amazon, but Microsoft has played this game for a lot longer than either one of these companies.

Office 365 is a winner.  Microsoft still owns the enterprise back-end infrastructure and a huge percentage of the end point clients.  If they can continue to provide value to their clients as well as security, manageability, and productivity, their clients will remain loyal.  And these clients are used to paying big bucks for their licensing fees.  They're not going to be quick to completely jump to away from them and if anything, they'll probably start to swing back towards them if Windows 10 is more Windows 7 than Windows Vista.

I wouldn't bet against Microsoft.