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.
After reading an article about Amazon AWS Route 53 taking on Godaddy.com, 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.
The Transfer Process (and the missing step)
In a nutshell, you start your domain transfer to Route 53 by logging on to Godaddy.com and clicking: Manage your domain. You click on unlock and get an email with your authorization code:
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):
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:
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 Godaddy.com 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. Godaddy.com 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 Godaddy.com’s console:
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.
Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com,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 http://www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other.
Good Azure review from STEVEN J. VAUGHAN-NICHOLS
Microsoft Azure is one of the easiest clouds to get up and running. Once in place, it’s also among the easiest to manage.
- Windows compatibility. Linux and container compatibility (yes, you read that right). Good front-end management interface.
- Average performance. High cost.
- Those who have built their businesses around Windows will want to use Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution Microsoft Azure. Those who rely on Linux should still take a close look at Microsoft Azure as Microsoft does a decent job there as well.
Full Story: PC Magazine
Great summary from Matt Asay of Infoworld about cloud strategy from an ISV's perspective.
“When Microsoft said it wouldn’t rule out putting Windows in the open source domain, people scoffed — but it could be a shrewd business move for the cloud era”…
“It turns out switching costs in the cloud are equal to or greater than what they were in the on-premise era.”…
“Once I build my app on AWS or, more poignantly, dump my corporate data into Salesforce, the likelihood that I’m going to be able to easily switch is less than zero.” …
What if Microsoft really did open-source Windows? by Matt Asay
Here’s a quick summary on the technology behind next big thing – machine learning
All three major public cloud providers have connected their core storage services, and one or more of their database products, to the machine learning offerings:
- Amazon Machine Learning connects to S3, Redshift and the MySQL flavor of its Relational Database Service (RDS).
- Google Prediction API can read data from Google Cloud Storage, and BigQuery.
- Microsoft supports both its Table and Blob storage services as data sources, as well as SQL Database, Hive tables in Hadoop and both OData feeds and flat files pointed to by a valid Internet URL.
Microsoft Azure has made incredible progress over the past 2 years chasing the “big dog” Amazon AWS. However, when you own a small percentage of the market, growth rates are misleading.
However, the growth of Azure does indicate Microsoft is clearly in second place and beating Google, IBM and Salesforce. Like most pundits and bloggers, I believe it’s a 3 horse race between Amazon, Microsoft & Google.
Microsoft Azure: Fastest-Growing Big Cloud Provider – By Joe Panettieri (@JoePanettieri)
In terms of growth rates, Microsoft (up 96 percent) showed the greatest progress in 2014, followed by Google (81 percent), Amazon (51 percent), IBM (48 percent) and Salesforce.com (37 percent), Synergy estimates.
Full Story Here: http://bit.ly/1vwdVB4
Kyle Hilgendorf, the Research Director for Gartner, mentions that AWS is still the leader overall but he suggests that Azure is closing in quicker than most realize. Hilgendorf was quoted as saying, “The race has just begun, and it’s a very long race.” Hilgendorf made this comment at a recent presentation hosted by AWS.
Where do you stand on RightScales Survey model?
- Cloud Watchers are developing cloud strategies and plans.
- Cloud Beginners are working on proof-of-concepts or initial cloud projects.
- Cloud Explorers have multiple projects and applications deployed in the cloud.
- Cloud Focused businesses are heavily using cloud infrastructure.
Cloud Computing Trends: 2014 State of the Cloud Survey – http://bit.ly/UKAEI8