Is Microsoft Turning Cloud Business into PC Business?

I wrote a few weeks ago that “Microsoft taught the world how to succeed in PC and business software, but it might [be] teaching the world how to not succeed in cloud computing” — a fate the company could avoid if it just delivered on a clear vision. With Windows Azure Appliances, it looks like Microsoft has decided on that vision: Treat cloud computing like it treated the PC business.…

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What Microsoft Can Teach Us About Cloud Computing

The more Microsoft talks about cloud computing – which it did a lot of at TechEd last week – the more skepticism it seems to engender. Some excavations into its cloud strategy have left customers and pundits alike scratching their heads. Microsoft taught the world how to succeed in PC and business software, but it might teaching the world how to not succeed in cloud computing.…

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Are IaaS Clouds Becoming Arms Dealers for PaaS Clouds?

When all is said and done, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com and others might be battling it out for PaaS (and SaaS) dollars against a whole slew of smaller providers operating within the infrastructural confines of AWS, Rackspace, Terremark and Savvis. PaaS and SaaS providers will need infrastructure to house their services, and large providers have plenty to sell them.…

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How Google Put the Cloud Computing World on Notice

I wrote last week that the time might be right for Amazon Web Services to launch its own platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, if only to preempt any competitive threat from other providers’ increasingly business-friendly PaaS offerings. That stance is firmer than ever now that Google has introduced to the world App Engine for Business, which further advances the PaaS value proposition.…

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Are the Stars Aligning for an Amazon PaaS Offering?

Right now, PaaS is hot and getting hotter, with the consensus being that it eventually will replace IaaS as the preferred cloud model for many developers. It would be wise for AWS to leverage its current IaaS lead and preempt any serious momentum by PaaS providers. If it does so, the cloud-computing discussion will take on an entirely different tenor as PaaS providers scramble to differentiate themselves from AWS in this area, too.…

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VMforce: Who’s the Biggest Winner?

Much already has been written about this week’s VMforce announcement, but my question is who’s the biggest winner in this partnership — Salesforce.com or VMware? And of Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and the entire SaaS-based CRM community, who all seem to have taken hard hits, who's the biggest loser?…

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Could SaaS + PaaS Equal Cloud Computing Gold?

Microsoft this week rolled it CampaignReady suite of services, which is anchored by the Windows Azure-hosted TownHall service. But Microsoft’s SaaS-plus-PaaS business model has legs beyond politics, and beyond Redmond. The combination of cloud services designed for and hosted on cloud platforms seems like a surefire strategy to secure PaaS (or even IaaS) adoption because it lets applications help sell the platform instead of relying on the platform itself.…

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