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Microsoft plays nice with Docker while Azure takes a hit

Although many tech enthusiasts may still be reeling from last week’s wave of Amazon-related cloud announcements, this week showed that Amazon isn’t the only company making big cloud news.

[company]Microsoft[/company] was busy this week trying to prove to enterprises that it can be a worthy challenger to Amazon, and fresh off opening up .NET, it said Tuesday that the ever-popular [company]Docker[/company] can now run inside Windows. Like last week’s .NET news showed, Microsoft is attempting to court developers.

However, Microsoft has a long way to go as far as proving to enterprises that its Azure cloud can play in the big leagues. On Tuesday, Azure storage services went down and caused customers in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia to suffer with it. As Gigaom’s Barb Darrow noted, several Azure users were peeved and found fault in Azure’s status page, which apparently didn’t notify customers that something was wrong.

By Wednesday, Microsoft put out a blog post explaining that a performance update unexpectedly resulted in Azure’s storage blobs being unable to take on extra traffic. While Microsoft eventually fixed the issue, you have to wonder how much testing the company is going to now do to make sure its cloud can handle these types of unforeseen problems.

[company]Amazon[/company] makes a big deal out of testing, and James Hamilton, vice president and distinguished engineer for Amazon Web Services, said last week the company works with roughly 8,000 servers for its networking-testing environment. If you want to be able to serve millions of users via your infrastructure, it’s obvious testing is going to play a big role, so it will be worth keeping an eye with how Microsoft continues to handle the cloud-outage after effects and how it plans to mitigate unexpected bugs.

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This week’s Structure Show features a great interview with [company]Netflix[/company] senior software engineer Andrew Spyker and Netflix director of cloud platform engineering Ruslan Meshenberg. The two explain how the streaming-video giant’s ZeroToDocker project can help organizations easily set up NetflixOSS tools (like Asgard and Eureka) with the help of Docker.

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