PC Magazine Rates Microsoft Azure…

PC Magazine Rates Microsoft Azure…

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

Healthcare Cloud Usage Exceeds IT Expectations, Report Finds – HealthITSecurity

Healthcare Cloud Usage Exceeds IT Expectations, Report Finds – HealthITSecurity

Healthcare collaboration tools were the most popular cloud category, according to Skyhigh’s findings. The average healthcare organization uses 188 collaboration services, such as Microsoft Office 365, Gmail, and Evernote. The next most commonly used cloud category with an average of 52 services per organization was development, including SourceForge and GitHub. Content sharing services and social media services were the next most commonly used categories, with an average of 37 and 33 services per organization, respectively.

via Healthcare Cloud Usage Exceeds IT Expectations, Report Finds – HealthITSecurity.

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

2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey

2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey

Fantastic 124 slide presentation on the Future of the Cloud.  Excellent analysis, proof points, slide graphics etc.  Definately worth a look if your job depends or is related to Cloud Computing.   Click Here to view deck on SlideShare.net

The 2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey was conducted in partnership with 72 Collaborators. The survey is the most widely endorsed survey of its kind in the industry. To tweet individual slides, please note the banner on the upper right hand corner of each page. Visit the Blog on http://mjskok.com/resource/2014-future-cloud-computing-4th-annual-survey-results and follow us @futureofcloud #futureofcloud to join the conversation.

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

RightScale Survey by Segment

The Future of Cloud is (Not) Hybrid

The Future of Cloud is Hybrid by MIKE SCHUTZ, General Manager, Cloud Platform Marketing is Hybrid.  Given Microsoft’s advantage over Amazon AWS and Google Cloud, this is not a surprising statement.

However, In my opinion, the future of cloud is clearly not Hybrid and not IaaS.  The future of Cloud is SaaS and PaaS.  However, it’s going take another 5 years before Corporate America comes to this realization.