AWS gets richer with VMware partnership | TechCrunch

VMware signed deals with Microsoft, Google and IBM earlier this year as it has shifted firmly to a hybrid cloud strategy, but it was the deal it signed with AWS this week that has had everybody…

in spite of those strategic deals with other larger IT vendors, VMware has struggled with the cloud market. It boasts almost 100 percent penetration inside the data center.

Source: AWS gets richer with VMware partnership | TechCrunch

Apple Goes all in on Google Cloud

Apple Goes all in on Google Cloud

Bad new for Amazon Web Services, Apple agreeing to spend $400 million to $600 million at Google Cloud, according to CRN, citing sources.

Spotify is also switching its infrastructure over to Google Cloud.

Apple’s AAPL, -0.16%  move is a sign that Google GOOGL, +0.15%  is making progress in the roughly $26 billion cloud computing market, in which corporate customers rent access to tech giants’ computers to store and process data.

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89% of Businesses go with IaaS

89% of Businesses go with IaaS
Interesting new Survey from Silicon Angle (Maria Deutscher)
A new poll of 1,060 companies from cloud management provider RightScale Inc. has found that 89 percent run applications outside the firewall, more than half of which are hosted on the retail giant’s very own infrastructure-as-a-service platform.
RightScale says that 71 percent of the organizations surveyed in its poll have some sort of hybrid cloud implementation in place

6 Things Amazon Can Teach us About How to Do Cloud Computing Correctly

6 Things Amazon Can Teach us About How to Do Cloud Computing Correctly

Good introductory summary of why Amazon AWS is profitable:

  1. AWS adds new server capacity daily
  2. AWS uses redundancy to guard against down-time
  3. AWS builds its own custom servers
  4. AWS designs its own custom hardware and software
  5. Amazon seeks out advantageous locations for its hubs
  6. Amazon guards against over-growth

6 Things Amazon Can Teach us About How to Do Cloud Computing Correctly, By Brigg Patten

Can Microsoft Azure catch Amazon AWS?

Can Microsoft Azure catch Amazon AWS?

Interesting summary of Microsoft’s cloud growth in comparison to Amazon.  Microsoft’s Cloud growth is impressive.  However, the vast majority of revenue can be attributed to Office 365.

While Microsoft’s Azure is growing faster than Amazon Web Services, there’s no exact way to tell if the gap is actually narrowing between the two companies. AWS added $1 billion in business year over year last quarter, which might be more than Azure’s total business in the same period. AWS is profitable, bringing in $687 million in net income last quarter; it remains unknown if Azure is profitable.

Motley Fool article: Can Microsoft Catch Up to Amazon in Cloud Computing?


Sitting Waiting, Wishing

Sitting Waiting, Wishing

After reading an article about Amazon AWS Route 53 taking on, and running into to a few issues with my WordPress website on Microsoft Azure, I decided to give Amazon AWS a try.

I found creating a Linux VM very easy.  No instructions needed, the UI was very intuitive. I thought creating the WordPress site would be more difficult on AWS.  After all, I had run into a number of challenges with the “automated” WordPress installs on Microsoft Azure (provided by ClearDB and Bitnami).  In short, I spent many hours with tech support from both companies.  Some issues were major, others more trivial – yet still important. For example, Bitnami puts in an annoying “dog ear” in the bottom right corner of the your home page with their logo.  But I digress…

I was pleased to find that creating a WordPress site on AWS (manually) was straight forward.  The instructions were very well written:


Tutorial: Installing a LAMP Web Server on Amazon Linux

Tutorial: Hosting a WordPress Blog with Amazon Linux

Heading Down Route 53

After getting a default WordPress site up and running (in about 30 minutes).  The next step was to transfer my domain name.  I read the AWS Route 53 domain transfer instructions and had some questions.

Transferring a Domain to Amazon Route 53

However, I found a nice, brief (~1 minute) video on youtube that answered all my questions.  Kudos to Sibercat X.

How to Transfer your Domain to AWS Route 53 From Godaddy.

The Transfer Process (and the missing step)

In a nutshell, you start your domain transfer to Route 53 by logging on to and clicking: Manage your domain.  You click on unlock and get an email with your authorization code:

Godaddy-email authentication email

The next step is to plug in your authorization code to the AWS Route 53 console and away you go.

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

However, 12 hours later, I was still waiting  A check of my AWS Route 53 console reveals the following (step 7 of 14):

AWS Route 53 – Step 7

I decided to do a quick Google search to figure out what’s taking so long.  After all, this can’t be a manual process, it has to automated end-to-end.  I find the following explanation:

Waiting for the current registrar to complete the transfer (step 7 of 14)

Your current registrar is confirming that your domain meets the requirements for being transferred. Requirements vary among TLDs, but the following requirements are typical:

  • You must have registered the domain with the current registrar at least 60 days ago.
  • If the registration for a domain name expired and had to be restored, it must have been restored at least 60 days ago.
  • You must have transferred registration for the domain to the current registrar at least 60 days ago.
  • The domain cannot have any of the following domain name status codes:
    • clientTransferProhibited
    • pendingDelete
    • pendingTransfer
    • redemptionPeriod

The first three bullets are straight forward, I know they don’t apply to me.  However, I find the sub bullet status codes cryptic.  Instead of searching Google again, I decide to log back in to and look around  I click the manage my domain button and voila – I find the problem.  There’s an undocumented step in the transfer instructions. makes you go back and accept the transfer a second time (even after accepting the initial transfer request link from their email). Here’s what you’ll see in’s console:

godaddy-accept – Accept

All you need to do is click on Accept and away you go, you’re on to Step 8.


Liner notes.  The title of this article came from a song by Jack Johnson.





AWS Enters The Field Dominated By GoDaddy

AWS Enters The Field Dominated By GoDaddy, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expanding into the digital certification space through its cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS). The move by Amazon challenges the positions of Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY) and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), which make money from offering digital certification.

“for developers using AWS, the,digital certificates would be a great way to boost search engine ranking”

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service. It is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating names like into the numeric IP addresses like that computers use to connect to each other.

Docker: 70,000% increase in job postings

Docker: 70,000% increase in job postings

Amazing stats posted by 


More than a 70,000% increase in job postings around the world. It’s safe to say that companies all over are investing heavily in Docker to transform their application lifecycles. That means it’s a great opportunity for developers and ops pros who already have hands on experience building, shipping and running Dockerized distributed applications. Docker is also an essential tool for any DevOps team and their CI/CD pipeline and will be an incredible asset as you look for jobs in the fast moving DevOps job market as well.

Full Story from blog.

Datamation’s take on AWS vs. Azure

Datamation’s take on AWS vs. Azure

Another summary of AWS vs Azure based on Gartner’s analysis…

There are pluses and minuses to both cloud vendors. Azure is great if you are all-in for Microsoft. But Gartner says AWS has 10 times the compute capacity of its next 14 competitors, and that includes Azure. These kinds of contrasts are seen up and down the comparison list for the two firms, as you will see.

Full article from Datamation: Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure Buying Guide

Looking to move to the cloud? Only 6 cloud providers left. AWS on top, MS nipping at heals

Looking to move to the cloud?  Only 6 cloud providers left.  AWS on top, MS nipping at heals

Today there’s only 6 cloud providers in the game.  I predict that in 3 years or less there will be only 3 players left i.e., an oligopoly.  Below is the most recent data from Synergy Group to back up my assumption.  

“Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains larger than its four main competitors combined in the cloud infrastructure service market. Microsoft can once again lay claim to having by far the highest revenue growth rate”

“…now six companies that can lay a valid claim to having annual cloud revenue run rates in excess of $5 billion – AWS, IBM, Microsoft, HP, Cisco and salesforce”

AWS Still Bigger than its Four Main Competitors Combined Despite Surging Growth