Azure Top Choice for IaaS

Azure Top Choice for IaaS

According to a new survey by Spiceworks Inc., Microsoft Azure is their top choice for cloud providers.

Key Findings

Most organizations are using at least one cloud-based IT service.

Specifically web and email hosting services, but the list is long…

IT pros expect an even larger shift to the cloud on the horizon.

Almost a third of survey respondents expect to see more than half of their organizations’ IT services become cloud-based in the next two to three years.

IT buyers are still cautious about adopting emerging cloud services.

IT pros are still waiting for a cloud provider to take flight and lead the charge in categories like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). But when looking at more conventional services like cloud storage and productivity suites, there are several providers that stand out in each category.

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Announcing Docker Cloud

Announcing Docker Cloud

Another new feature and revenue generator for Docker.  This announcement officially integrates the features from Tutum (an acquisition made in Oct of 2015).  Tutum is a cloud service used by developers and sysadmins to deploy and manage Docker applications.

Docker Cloud is where developers and IT ops meet to build, ship and run any application, anywhere. Over the past few months our team has been hard at work expanding on the features of Tutum and building native integration with Docker Hub, Docker ID (the new shared account system across all Docker services), Docker official repositories, and commercially supported Docker Engine (CS Engine).

Start using Docker Cloud today by logging in to Docker Cloud using your Docker ID.

Full story at Docker Blog

Microsoft and Red Hat to deliver new standard for enterprise cloud experiences

Microsoft and Red Hat to deliver new standard for enterprise cloud experiences

Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Source: Microsoft and Red Hat to deliver new standard for enterprise cloud experiences | News Center

What You Might Be Missing About Cloud ROI

What You Might Be Missing About Cloud ROI

This year, companies worldwide are predicted to spend almost $16.5 billion on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — a 32.8 percent increase over 2014.

And, with 93 percent of companies already running applications or at least trying out IaaS, everyone is trying to find out whether or not all of this investment in the cloud is paying off.

Turns out, it’s quite a challenge..”

Full story on CMSwire

Microsoft and Amazon’s approach to cloud computing and the road to $128 billion

Microsoft and Amazon’s approach to cloud computing and the road to $128 billion

Microsoft’s cloud growth is led by Office 365, their productivity suite that’s been around for 20+ years.  For most Microsoft’s customers, that means exporting all their existing emails / contacts / calendars that reside on their internal Exchange server to Microsoft’s cloud. All the productivity applications (i.e., outlook, excel, powerpoint, access) still run on their local PC / notebook. 

A considerable amount of Amazon’s cloud revenue is derived from moving servers run in traditional corporate datacenter to Amazon’s datacenter.  A very different model.  Both Amazon and Microsoft are working on delivering both services.

Charley Blaine provides additional insights about how both companies reported financials are leading him to predict a $128 billion cloud industry

“the market for cloud services will hit $128 billion a year “in the next few years.” I’d guess sooner rather than later.”

Forbes – Amazon And Microsoft Will Tell Us A Lot About The Cloud’s Size

Microsoft Doesn’t Support Exchange on Azure

There’s a difference between technically sound and supported.  The following story from a Texas Healthcare provider illustrates the difference.  The comments in response to the story are actually more interesting than the story.

“Their (Microsoft’s) words were ‘while it is legally and technically feasible, Microsoft has chosen not to provide support for such a configuration (Exchange on Azure) at this time and has documented this.’ We backed out of an agreement on Azure, costing us $30,000 in losses, delays, and increased risks.”

Azure cloud support shock for Texas healthcare provider

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E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Azure (Epub, Mobi, PDF)

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