Unused cloud will bite back
The notion that pay-as-you-go cloud computing will eliminate shelfware — paid-for but unused computing resources — has always been suspect. Last year I wrote…
The production part is key
Technical Machine, a startup making a development boards for the internet of things, has launched a second generation product that has more…
Many clouds, one console
It must be really interesting to work at Hewlett-Packard these days. Not only is the company breaking itself in half, it’s making multi-billion-dollar…
Krystallize says it can
Lots of companies can perform cost analysis of cloud-based instances; Krystallize Technologies promises to do more. The Austin, Texas–based startup said its technology…
Goal: Workload portability
For businesses wanting to run the Kubernetes cluster management framework for containers on OpenStack clouds, Google and Mirantis have teamed up to make that happen more…
Machine learning as a service
A few years ago, there was a shift in the world of machine learning. Companies, such as Skytree and Context Relevant, began…
Polling cloud users
Amazon Web Services continues to dominate public cloud usage across the board, but Microsoft Azure is making strides at least in business accounts,…
At least in its earnings
Rackspace is going to stop distinguishing between the money it makes from public cloud and what it derives from “dedicated” cloud, a category that encompasses a…
Google is unlikely to follow
Microsoft says its compliance with a data privacy standard set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) means customer data in its Azure cloud…
$500K in free cloud stuff!
Microsoft wants to boost its cloud’s profile among startups so it’s making $500,000 in Azure credits available to Y Combinator-backed companies. The credits…
More predictions for 2015
It’s been just over a year since I left Netflix and joined Battery Ventures. So it seemed appropriate (if a couple of weeks…
Hadoop is rad and all, but ...
There has been a rumor floating around since August (first, and subsequently, reported by Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet) that Microsoft is…
The week in cloud
Server monitoring gets hot SolarWinds, which monitors multi-vendor technologies running in house, last week bought Librato to extend its reach into the cloud.…
Monitoring for your cloud(s)
Datadog, which promises to let companies see how well (or badly) their various cloud deployments are performing, now has $31 million in fresh Series…
It won't be easy, folks
Microsoft turned in pretty good second quarter results on Monday, but its stock still took a hit after hours and into Tuesday. At…
Freemium is the new black
[company]Microsoft[/company] is not content to let Excel define the company’s reputation among the world’s data analysts. That’s the message the company sent…
Claims $5.5B cloud run rate
Microsoft is claiming strong cloud-and-mobile growth in its second-quarter earnings release. The company which is playing catchup in cloud now claims a $5.5…
OS for drones and home hubs
Canonical has revealed what I reckon is its biggest announcement in years: Ubuntu is about to invade the internet of things with…
In contrast to UK/US officials
A newly leaked document courtesy of Edward Snowden revealed that some U.S. officials are encouraging the use of encryption as a means…
Azure taps Edgecast for video
CDN expert Dan Rayburn reported Monday that Microsoft is deep-sixing its home-grown content delivery network capabilities and is instead turning to Verizon EdgeCast to deliver…
Bolstering public cloud
Microsoft caused a bit of a stir in October when it announced plans for big cloud servers with up to 32 cores, 450…
Bezos holdings fell $7.4B
People who watch Amazon Web Services tend to be cloud oriented and don’t necessarily pay a ton of attention to the Amazon Inc.…
Seeking enterprise cred
Despite what you may hear from the Linux-and-Mac crowds, a good chunk of today’s enterprise workloads run on Windows Server, which is why…
That warm GUI feeling
Whether you’re running it on premises or in the cloud, Hadoop leaves a lot to be desired in the ease-of-use department. The…
Enabling email in apps
In-app email facilitator claims it sends 435 million messages a day, 15 billion per month.
Empty blog didn't lie.
Errant blog did not lie: Microsoft did buy Acompli for its slick iOS and Android email and scheduling app.
The week in cloud: An AWS CloudFront CDN issue snagged some websites on Thanksgiving Eve.
IBM’s putting on a charm offensive to win startups over to its cloud portfolio and SoftLayer’s bare metal options continue to appeal. But it still has a long, hard slog to make headway against Amazon Web Services.
Open source software is widely available and hugely helpful. But the packaging can be dicey and deployment difficult. So say hey to Netflix’ ZeroToDocker.
Microsoft said today that users can now run Docker inside a Windows machine and manage Linux-based containers using the new Docker Command Line Interface for Windows. The news follows up on the recent partnership between Microsoft and Docker to ensure that Docker can run nicely on the Azure cloud and Windows Server.
The Finnish cloud firm has finally make its long-promised expansion into North America, claiming it wanted to wait until it had suitably differentiating features before doing so.
The Aorato deal promises to bring machine-learning smarts to bear to protect Active Directory assets in hybrid cloud deployments, Microsoft said in a blog post.
Microsoft’s cloud data stack was short and slow-growing. But this summer, something changed, raising its stature considerably.
Microsoft announced a trio of new cloud data services on Wednesday aimed at stream processing and data pipelines. They’re not revolutionary, but they appear to have their own advantages, and they also help ensure Azure keeps up with the Joneses in cloud computing.
For its quarter ending September 30, Microsoft beat analyst expectations with $23.2 billion in revenue.
You can be a Google employee and an AWS customer, but that nuance is getting lost as Amazon banned Googlers from its annual customer-and-partner confab.
Called the Cloud Platform System, the new appliance will run the same Azure APIs, services, hypervisor, and everything as the Azure public cloud and will be able to connect easily to the Azure public cloud.
Microsoft, Amazon and Google are hosting big cloud events within weeks of each other, starting this month.
RBC Capital Markets boils down the basics of cloud computing — storage, compute, I/O and a few other features — to come up with one unit of cloud pricing that can be compared across vendors. Check out the results.
On this week’s Structure Show, hear how Talko stood on the shoulders of AWS and Azure — and wielded the Opus codec, WebRTC, FreeSwitch and other open-source tools to build an app that actually makes voice calls worth making again.
Google’s taken another whack at compute pricing; expect Microsoft and Amazon Web Services to respond.
Server Density, which already monitors servers in AWS, Rackspace and IBM SoftLayer clouds, now adds Google to the mix as the search giant turns up the heat on partner recruitment.
Looks like there may be a data center building boom coming in Germany as Microsoft reportedly weighs a German-only facility.
Microsoft Azure now supports the management of Docker clusters using the Google-developed Kubernetes framework. What’s more, Microsoft has also open sourced a visual tool for managing those clusters via a graphical user interface. The company has moved fast since announcing support for the project in July.
Beijing UnionRead Information Technology will give HP the local presence needed to build and operate OpenStack-based clouds for Chinese businesses.
The company pushes beyond its telecom roots but also wields networking expertise to offer what it says is a price-competitive private cloud that can burst to its big public cloud brother.
VMware used third-party benchmarks to claim that vCHS is less expensive than Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. But really, what would you expect them to show?
Amazon Web Services offers lots of IT infrastructure options, even some application level services, but has gaps to fill in its platform. Here are some areas that targeted acquisitions could address.
If you thought the notion of software shelfware died along with shrink-wrapped boxes o’ bits, you’ve got another think coming.
It’s good that Google Compute Engine is adding new zones to its existing US Central and Asia East data centers, but many want to see more regions come online.
Man bites dog shocker: a cloud provider actually ends a discount. There are a few possible explanations for Microsoft’s decision to eliminate an Azure price reduction for new subscribers.
Google has a huge public cloud. But, inquiring minds want to know, just how enterprise worthy is it?
The week in cloud. If you want to know how big your favorite vendor’s cloud business is — in scale, in revenue, in profitability … yeah, good luck with that.
Microsoft’s cloud biz, including Azure, Office 365 and other stuff, will hit $5.77 billion run rate by December, surpassing Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com, according to Nomura Securities Analyst Rick Sherlund.
And here they are: Microsoft’s fourth quarter figures are out. These results include contributions from the Nokia mobile business and are also the first since big layoffs announced last week.
Remember all those critics who said Google wasn’t serious about cloud? That it would kill services as fast as it launched them? A series of launches, price cuts and investments have shut them right up.
Depending on how you define Microsoft’s new “core” areas, employees in Qi Lu’s or Scott Guthrie’s groups are relatively safe. Those working on Windows client stuff? Maybe not.
AWS Marketplace now offers some third party software on a discounted annual subscription basis.
Storage kingpin buys TwinStrata to make it easier for companies to move data from on-premises to their cloud of choice.
Good news: Amazon has more instance types and higher-level services than any competitor. Bad news: that means a ton of complexity and tracking challenges for users.
Urs Hölzle and Scott Guthrie have the tough — but fascinating challenge — of mounting a challenge to Amazon Web Services.
Adrian Cockcroft, technical fellow at Battery Ventures and noted cloud expert from his days at Netflix, has traveled the world and come back with some predictions of cloud trends. Here are a few.
Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith outlines his wish list for U.S. reform in the area of data snooping and scooping.
The week in cloud: Microsoft Azure makes big strides in cloud and AWS gets more aggressive in the enterprise with new portal for VMware admins.
Salesforce CRM will not run in Azure, but the company will use Microsoft’s cloud for development and testing of ExactTarget in addition to offering integration between Salesforce and Office 365.
This week’s Structure show: Bill Fathers on VMware’s hybrid cloud opportunity; And Mesophere founder Florian Leibert on the beauty of Mesos for management of massive resource pools.
Microsoft co-founder and former chairman Bill Gates is a high-profile and valued advisor, but advising is all he’s doing, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
IaaS, PaaS and SaaS have long been synonymous with the cloud. Today, companies are finally waking up to the DaaS call. Gigaom Research Analyst Janakiram MSV looks at why.
Another wrinkle arises in Microsoft’s already complicated relationship with China: The government has reportedly banned the use of Windows 8 by its employees.
Availability of SAP’s portfolio on Azure should bolster Microsoft’s contention that Azure is an option for running enterprise applications
No surprise: At TechEd 2014, Microsoft will tout Azure as the best public cloud to back-end current Windows and Office shops.
Despite the cloud rampage, most companies still have at least one foot planted in their own data centers where VMware reigns. That’s why RightScale is adding vSphere to the mix of technologies it monitors.
The two long-time allies now offer a joint hybrid Platform-as-a-Service that bridges internal IT with Azure public cloud.
New Microsoft CEO promised continued dialogue with investors and analysts and beat the cloud-first-mobile-first drum on his inaugural earnings call.
On this week’s Structure Show, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth on why we have to move on from the operating system wars to get to cloud goodness.
All eyes and ears will be on Satya Nadella, now in his third month as CEO, on his first appearance on the Microsoft earnings call.
Microsoft showed off more its big data strategy on Tuesday in an event that touched on everything Excel to “ambient intelligence.” If the company can execute, it has a shot to repeat its desktop success in the data era.
New unified and easier-to-use console, to be demo’d by Scott Guthrie at Build, will make Azure deployments easier to manage and track.
It was Microsoft’s turn to slice prices on its cloud and it did so on Monday, although the changes won’t take effect till May 1.
Not a huge surprise, but Scott Guthrie gets the official nod as Cloud and Enterprise chief at Microsoft. Stephen Elop was named EVP of devices and Phil Spencer to head combined Xbox/Microsoft Studio group.
News flash: Amazon and Google start to realize that businesses want more than public cloud.
It’s official: Microsoft Office for iPad is available Thursday.
Microsoft can claim first dibs on China, but it won’t be the only public cloud there for long.
After Google’ s cloud pricing moves, all eyes turn to Amazon Web Services.
Hey, mock if you will, but words have consequences so erasing “Windows” from “Windows Azure” branding is a big deal for a company built on Windows.
For years, Amazon Web Services has been pretty much the only public cloud in town. Google and Microsoft are here to say: No longer.
Now that Google has launched more of its cloud services, it’s starting to strut its stuff to the all-important developer audience.
Windows Azure storage suffered a disruption across regions which affected some Xbox Live and other services Thursday afternoon.
The week in cloud: Windows Azure, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services have all seen their share of problems. But anyone who runs their own data center should see that coming.
Microsoft has signed a deal with AT&T to let corporate cloud customers connect to the Azure cloud using AT&T’s private network. With…
A new service delivery model of the cloud, called Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS), fills the gap that exists in the current cloud delivery models and offers a higher level of abstraction than Platform as a Service (PaaS). With MBaaS, mobile developers can consume cloud services in a way better suited to mobile-application scenarios.
Microsoft launched its Lab of Things framework on Monday to tie its connected home operating system back to its Azure cloud. Is this Redmond’s internet of things platform effort?
Startups are still throwing themselves into the enterprise platform as a service market as big businesses finally accept that building out private clouds –or trusting public ones– are essential for agility.
Microsoft sees itself as one of the horsemen of the public cloud, executive Satya Nadella said at GigaOM’s Structure conference on Wednesday. The thing is, the game has just begun.
Microsoft says it’s sold a billion dollars worth of cloud services. But as is usually the case, the value of cloud sales depends on what your definition of cloud is.
IBM is integrating Chef into SmartCloud and Microsoft is adding support for Azure as well in a sign that enterprises are fully aboard the devops bandwagon.
IT folks who worry that cloud computing adoption will kill jobs, may be surprised by the results of a new survey; Amazon unveils OpsWorks; Rackspace makes price changes.
Evaluation of five cloud storage providers showed improvement across the board, but Microsoft leapfrogged the rest — including Amazon S3 — in some criteria, says Nasuni’s Connor Fee.
Another week of high-profile outages may spook some prospective cloud users but Amazon Web Services strength shows the appeal of cloud. And Microsoft keeps adding Windows Azure options.
Amazon has hopped into the video transcoding business with it’s new Elastic Transcoder service, joining Microsoft, Encoding.com and others as providers of such a service.
The threat of software-defined networking has prompted Juniper to revamp its business model — switching from a hardware-based model to one more familiar in enterprise software. It has also unveiled an SDN strategy that preserves the importance of specialty hardware at the lowest level of the network.
Next year, “the cloud” will finally be ready for enterprise workloads and big companies will finally start moving them there. Data centers will stop being enclosed by walls and those are just two of GigaOM’s 5 big cloud predictions. Read on for more.
Microsoft to customers; Buy some storage and get a $138K StorSimple appliance for free! This is just the latest proof point showing that big cloud purveyors see storage as the gateway to broader cloud service sales.
Just weeks after the election, members of the tech team behind the Obama For America effort took their show on the road to Vegas. Here, at AWS: Reinvent, they gave off the cuff and very candid reviews of the technologies they loved — and hated.
Just when you thought the cloud storage wars couldn’t get any hotter, they do. Google on Thursday launched its second price cut in a week, a day after Amazon Web Services lopped S3 prices by 25 percent. Microsoft are you out there?
Apprenda, a true believer in private Platform as a Service, is embracing the hybrid cloud with its latest release. CEO Sinclair Schuller said many companies are ready to test out at least some workloads in a public cloud.
Another busy week for Amazon Web Services which added new compute instance types, cut prices on others, and upped the limit on provisioned IOPS for EBS volumes. Amazon is getting busier as more public cloud options come on line.
Microsoft snarfs up StorSimple as an easy way to get customer data into its Windows Azure storage cloud. The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, signals increasing competition between Microsoft, Google, Amazon and the OpenStack crew for customer data.
In 2011, I predicted Microsoft and Google were poised to own the cloud computing market in the next decade. Eighteen months later, Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com seem like the ones that really have what it takes to dominate over the long haul.
For all of Microsoft’s huge investment in the Windows Azure cloud computing platform, there was very little mention of the multi-billion-effort on Thursday’s Q4 and FY 2012 earnings call. Microsoft CFO touted major updates for Windows, Windows Phone, Office and Windows Server in the coming year.
In a recent interview, NASA CIO Linda Cureton said the space agency still uses OpenStack for some projects but that it must be pragmatic in all cloud technology choices going forward. Various NASA entities are using Amazon and Windows Azure as needed.
The new Google App Engine release gets more global with better European data center coverage, plus better search APIs, SSL support for custom domains, and more integrated PageSpeed optimization. On the flip side, the Cloud SQL database still isn’t fully baked.
Lew Moorman, president of Rackspace, said cloud providers that clone Amazon APIs miss the point of true cloud interoperability. Eucalyptus and other cloud providers clearly disagree. The debate will doubtless rage on this week at the GigaOM Structure conference.
In a recent blog post, NASA’s CIO Linda Cureton gives both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services a shout-out for helping NASA save money while serving its constituencies. But she made no mention of OpenStack, the cloud platform NASA helped bring to life.
Next week, legacy tech powers Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Microsoft will vie for the spotlight as they set forth their cloud computing game plans at closely scheduled events. All three have prodigious resources and all three lag far behind cloud giant Amazon Web Services.
In its push to get traction for Windows Azure as a platform for cloud services, Microsoft is opening an Azure accelerator in Bangalore. The goal is to find and help startups across India and Southeast Asia — and get them aboard the Microsoft PaaS.
News that SAP and Amazon will All-in-One business applications to run in production on Amazon’s public cloud raises a question: what’s going on with SAP and Microsoft Windows Azure? News on this could come next week at the Sapphire 2012 show. Or not.
Few industries are better suited to the cloud computing model than film and TV production. Show business is heavily project-oriented with myriad production shops and contractors collaborating on relatively short-term, compute-intensive projects. That’s why the cloud-computing giants are converging at NAB this week.
Who will become the standard platform for cloud computing? The stakes are massive, and not simply because of the burgeoning spending on compute as a utility. At stake is control over the applications that run on cloud platforms. Michael Driscoll of Metamarkets sizes up the competition.
When it comes to moving massive files between storage clouds, performance depends — a lot — on what clouds you use, according to new research. For it’s bulk data migration report Nasuni repeatedly transferred 12 TB of data between Amazon S3, Rackspace and Microsoft Windows Azure.
Last April, Microsoft promised an Azure-based ERP product. Fast forward a year, it’s still not here, but the company said Dynamics NAV 2013 for Azure will go to beta in May and be broadly available by year’s end — as will Dynamics GP 2013.
There’s a big change that is sweeping the business world — instead of buying their infrastructure by spending millions of dollars upfront, companies are now getting comfortable with the idea of paying for their needs as they go along. And that spells trouble for many.
Azure, Microsoft’s platform-as-a-service cloud, went down Monday night and stayed down for at least 10 hours. The news comes as Microsoft is trying to pitch two-year-old Azure as a safe and reliable platform for consumer and business applications.
Microsoft announced a partnership with TechStars today that will allow it access to more than 400 startups around the world so it can sell its Azure cloud platform. But as Microsoft tries to sell startups on its services, can it compete against Amazon?
Amazon will let customers run micro-instances of Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 for free on its EC2 service starting now, according to a new post to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog. Such try-before-you-buy tactics have helped Amazon win converts to its cloud platform.
The free version of Jaspersoft’s analytics software will be offered as part of Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service. As Red Hat, Microsoft, Heroku, and Cloud Foundry PaaSes compete, watch for them to add more services and capabilities just as they’ve raced to add language support.
The cloud is looking pretty good to software developers this year, according to new Zend Technologies’ research. More than half of the 3,335 developers surveyed said they expect to use a public cloud for their work in 2012, with AWS being the top draw.
This report is intended to provide ISVs with guidance on partnering with hosting companies, establishing criteria for selecting a hosting service, metrics for measuring hosting performance as it relates to cloud services delivered and an understanding of the responsibilities they retain even when outsourcing a large part of their services functions to a third party.
After a long look at the performance of cloud storage providers, only six of the 16 largest CSPs made the grade and the two top dogs were Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure, said Nasuni, a data continuity specialist that works with all the major CSPs.
Windows Azure is an ambitious PaaS that doesn’t get a lot of love from web developers. Here are four things Microsoft must do to make it a more compelling option for the new-age, non-.NET developers who now flock to Amazon Web Services or another PaaS.
DotCloud, the platform as a service that won our Structure 2011 Launchpad competition, said Wednesday that it will support three new data stores as part of its multi-language platform. The company will add MySQL, Redis and MongoDB support.
Fujitsu’s new hybrid implementation of Microsoft Windows Azure could address corporate concerns about deploying global workloads on Microsoft’s public cloud. With Hybrid Cloud Services for Microsoft Windows Azure, Fujitsu can use its global presence to make sure that data stays within prescribed areas
Red Hat is bringing more cloud-based automation to Java developers in an update to its OpenShift Platform as a Service which integrates the JBoss tool suite and supports two open-source tools that will shift more of the programming workload to the cloud itself.
Peer 1, the hosting provider, joins the ranks of Rackspace, GoDaddy and other hosting companies that have decided to get into the cloud. On Monday, it launched its Zunicore service, which combines elements of an Infrastructure-as-a-Service with those of a platform.
Microsoft started moving Photosynth, it’s cool immersive camera application, to the Microsoft Azure platform-as-a-service earlier this month. And that marks the beginning of a flow of Microsoft legacy apps — many of which it already hosts but not on Azure — over to its full-fledged PaaS.
Microsoft poured money and resources into Microsoft Windows Azure, its grand attempt to transport the company’s software dominance into the cloud computing era. For die-hard .Net heads, Azure is probably the PaaS of choice. But for the army of new-age web developers, it’s an also-ran.
Microsoft could use Web Matrix 2.0 tool — now in beta — to entice new-age web developers to Azure, its cloud-computing Platform-as-a-Service. While the Azure PaaS has a potentially huge built-in audience of .Net programmers, it lacks cachet among the “cool kid,” next-gen web developers.
This year was rightfully advertised as the “Year of the Cloud.” The cloud computing landscape began to take shape in 2010, with providers honing their offerings, important issues surfacing to light and industry consolidation finally beginning to happen. In most areas, however, the action is likely just getting started, and we’ll continue to see the real picture of cloud computing emerge throughout 2011. From the future of low-power processors to the growing importance of Infrastructure startups like Cloudera and Engine Yard, here are a few trends to watch in the coming months.
Ray Ozzie, the chief software architect with Microsoft is leaving the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant. Ozzie, is widely viewed as someone who tried to change Microsoft’s internal attitudes towards cloud computing. He is credited for Microsoft’s move into the cloud with its Azure efforts.
Is there a business in providing intelligible data sets to information workers, application developers and analysts in a world where once expensive data such as turn-by-turn directions or real-time financial quotes are now free? Microsoft, with its Project Dallas, joins other firms hoping that there is.
Every 15 years or so, the IT world undergoes a tectonic shift. Technological forces collide and grind against one another, creating an upheaval that leaves the landscape irrevocably changed. The latest such shift is currently underway: the transition to computing as a service, also known as cloud computing. This change promises to make computing more like a utility such as electricity or telephony — users plug in and get the resources they need without much manual effort on the part of service providers.
Cloud computing has brought these benefits to Internet titans like Google, Salesforce.com and Amazon, and to their customers. Traditional enterprise IT has long aspired to the same advantages, but with a crucial distinction. Businesses want the option of greater control over governance, security and management that comes with using their own infrastructure. This report looks at the future for hardware and software in enterprise adoption of cloud-like systems, or “private clouds,” as well as the role that major players are likely to take in its ongoing development.
An Australian tech website has started running ads featuring Mac Pros (s aapl) and MacBook Pros whose entry-level prices are noticeably higher…
AT&T’s CEO says that the carrier handles half of all data traffic generated in the U.S. Being a good samaritan, I abandoned my iPhone to ease the 3G network. Did you know you can port away a number and get a new one for the iPhone?
This week Microsoft finally launched its Azure cloud computing platform. The offering is distinct for a few reasons not directly connected to the platform, but more linked to Microsoft as a whole. Azure may well stand out and drive significant cloud revenues in 2010.
Microsoft on Tuesday opened up its Azure cloud computing platform, after more than a year of development. Derrick Harris takes an in-depth look at Azure over at GigaOM Pro to see what exactly Microsoft is offering and how it compares with other clouds.
Microsoft today finally opened up its cloud platform, Windows Azure, for business. Today the rubber meets the road — and we will soon see how Azure does against larger players such as Amazon and Rackspace, as well as how it affects Microsoft’s margins and other businesses.
Cloud computing solutions of various flavors continue to grow in popularity, as individuals, small startups and global corporations turn to the cloud in order to store data, distribute computing tasks, or deliver applications from email and calendaring to customer relationship management and gene sequencing. While cloud advocates tend to present ‘the cloud’ as global, seamless and ubiquitous, the true picture is richer and complicated by laws and notions of territoriality developed long before the birth of today’s global network. What issues are raised by today’s legislative realities, and what are cloud providers — and their customers — doing in order to adapt?
Of all the infrastructure trends during the fourth quarter, the biggest might be the changing shape of the data center market. An area once comprising separate vendors for separate functions now is full of cross-component partnerships and alliances, most notably that of Cisco, VMware and EMC. The three formed their Virtual Computing Environment alliance to peddle the jointly developed Vblock solution, and Cisco and EMC finally launched their long-awaited joint venture, Acadia. Reactions to this trifecta included alliances between and among competitive vendors like Microsoft, NetApp, Dell, Fujitsu and others.
In the cloud space, the discussion was all about what is and what might be. The soft launch of Microsoft Windows Azure had the cloud community and prospective customers alike discussing – with much anticipation – the merits of a platform and associated features that will not be publicly available until later this year. Likewise, Amazon Web Services’ introduction of Spot Instances for EC2 sparked much discussion about the possibility of a free market for cloud-computing instances. The requisite pieces for such a system are yet in place, but many think it is now just a matter of time until it materializes.
In the ongoing saga that is Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems, the fourth quarter brought the first signs of progress since the deal was announced in April. Oracle laid out a list of concessions that seem to have allayed European Commission concerns over the future of MySQL, which has been the primary obstacle in clearing the purchase. MySQL creator Monty Widenius launched a late campaign to free the popular open-source database from Oracle’s clutches, but success appears unlikely.
Economic recovery in the IT sector seemed likely when third-quarter results were announced in October, with IT vendors across markets growing revenues and beating Wall Street’s estimates. Additionally, the server market, fresh off the worst quarter since the 1990s, showed quarterly revenue gains for the first time in a year, and VC funding was up 16 percent from the second quarter. Our collective demand for computing resources kept the data center market expanding through the fourth quarter, spurring M&A activity and driving up stock prices in the face of advice to sell data center stocks.
The fourth quarter was not great for everybody, however. Intel was hit with two lawsuits — one by the State of New York and one by the FTC — and settled its existing litigation with AMD for $1.25 billion. And every company associated with “the cloud” suffered a black eye as a result of Microsoft and T-Mobile losing Sidekick users’ personal data. Although the data ultimately was recovered, the incident garnered much media attention and resulted in a class-action lawsuit against the companies involved.
As the ramp-up towards the January launch of Microsoft’s Azure platform reaches a crescendo, the software giant, of all companies, could be the most significant revenue driver for the cloud in 2010. Here are several reasons why.
Rackspace today said it would offer a database in the cloud through a partnership with FathomDB, a company that provides a relational database as a service. The move brings competition to the cloud database market and could be a lifeline for FathomDB.
The Pirate Bay made headlines earlier this week with yet another dramatic announcement, this time that the notorious BitTorrent site’s tracker has…
With Azure, Microsoft (s msft) is trying to strike a balance between giving customers the ease of a platform as a service…
Cisco (s csco), EMC (s emc) and VMware (s vmw), the trifecta of companies putting their own proprietary stamp on cloud computing…
Amazon (s amzn) last night announced it Virtual Private Cloud service, essentially giving enterprise customers worried about security and control in the…
[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] When I spoke with U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra last month, he outlined a pragmatic approach to the federal technology infrastructure that…
[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] Microsoft (s msft) is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build out its next generation of data centers to host…
Yesterday I wrote almost 1,000 words on Microsoft’s Azure platform, but I think this video does a good job explaining the basics…
Microsoft (s msft) today unveiled pricing details for its Azure services platform — possibly because customers were reluctant to build an application…
Cloud services, such as Microsoft’s (s msft) Azure platform, will be less profitable for the company than its software sales, said Ray…
[qi:051] The transition to delivering software, services and compute infrastructure via the web will change the dynamics of the IT industry, shifting…
Cloud computing and cloud services are real, but this is only the beginning. This was the message the guys who helped build…
Microsoft Data Center Chief Mike Manos posted a blog entry yesterday on the company’s vision for next generation data centers. The blog…
This week at The Apple Blog, like a farmer with a gaggle of turkeys in the week before Thanksgiving, we’ve caught the juiciest…
I recently spoke with Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect and industry luminary, about everything from Microsoft’s services strategy, to the economics of cloud computing, to the relevance of desktop and infrastructure challenges. Here are excerpts from that conversation.