The new lock-in – the cloud, in short, is sticky

The new lock-in – the cloud, in short, is sticky
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

The “Big Three” are all in on big data / predictive modeling

The “Big Three” are all in on big data / predictive modeling

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.

Full Story: Machine learning is the next frontier in Big Data innovation. And the cloud is the next frontier within that frontier. By for Big on Data

Cloud market leader Amazon AWS, leads to Microsoft / Cisco partnership

Cloud market leader Amazon AWS, leads to Microsoft / Cisco partnership

All the partnerships and maneuvering has been interesting since AWS marketshare significantly increased over the past 7 years.  With this latest announcement, Microsoft and Cisco are partnering on development technologies that allow developers to use a common API to develop new applications that work on premise or on Azure. With the partnership, Cisco will be merging their API (called APIC) with Microsoft API (called WAP).  When complete, You can choose to run your application on premise in your on datacenter on either Microsoft’s or Cisco’s cloud platform.

With today’s announcement, Microsoft and Cisco announced a new technology platform, called “Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.”

Full Story:. Redmond Magazine

Microsoft Azure Fastest Growing Cloud, But That’s Not Saying Much

Microsoft Azure Fastest Growing Cloud, But That’s Not Saying Much

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

Hadoop needs a better front-end for business users

Hadoop needs a better front-end for business users

This is a great article if you are new to Big Data / Hadoop.

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 Hadoop offerings on the three major cloud platforms (Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce  — EMR, Microsoft’s Azure HDInsight and Google Compute Engine’s Click-to-Deploy Hadoop) have their warts. And the three major on-premises distributions (Cloudera CDH, Hortonworks HDP and MapR) can be formidable adversaries to casual users as well.

I recommend reading the entire article by Andrew J Brust.

via Hadoop needs a better front-end for business users — Tech News and Analysis

Microsoft Azure Q3 Revenue up 136 Percent

Microsoft (MSFT) officially earned the No. 2 spot behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) in theinfrastructure-as-a-service(IaaS) market earlier this year, and according to the latest quarterly IaaS report from Synergy Research Group, the Redmond company is now showing the strongest year-to-year revenue growth in the biz.

For Q3, Synergy also named IBM as the third largest cloud operator. Big Blue currently claims a 7 percent market share.

Talkin’ Cloud

Satya Nadella – Azure adding 10,000 new customers every week

Satya Nadella – Azure adding 10,000 new customers every week

San Francisco, 10/20/14

Nadella said Azure was also adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350 million active directory user base. Those users combined have stored more than 30 trillion objects so far, according to Nadella.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-satya-nadella-azure-serious-threat-to-amazon-and-google-2014-10#ixzz3HZx0Ijgz

Cloud Computing Trends Survey 2014

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

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