Windows Azure Infrastructure Services moves into GA

Today Microsoft announced the general availability of its IaaS offering. This follows last week's announcement from Amazon, who has reduced the price of Windows Server VMs in anticipation of the Microsoft announcement. Bill Hilf, GM for Windows Azure emphasized on the availability of PaaS and IaaS under one roof in his blog post. Here are some of his observations.…

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What to do when Amazon’s spot prices spike

Rapid price spikes are effecting buyers on the Amazon Spot Market, where users are bidding extremely high prices for scarce compute capacity. These price spikes are new, and they call into question assumptions that many users have made about how the auctioning of computing resources works.…

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For UK education, private clouds may make economic sense

Advocates of the public cloud tend to dismiss private cloud deployments within individual companies, arguing that they are too small to deliver the cost or flexibility advantages of the public cloud. But recent developments in the UK refute that argument. The University Modernization Fund's Cloud Pilot, which aims to deliver diverse computing capabilities to every UK university while saving money, has just announced its pricing, which compares extremely favorably with current public cloud offerings.…

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What the share economy can learn from the cloud

In the past few years we have seen accommodation-sharing company Airbnb grab a valuation of over $1 billion and car-sharing leader Zipcar squeak into profitability sooner than expected. Those developments, among others, suggest the share economy is alive and well, but how can this space continue to grow? It might take a hint or two from cloud computing.…

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