Editor's note: An abridged version of this post ran last week on
the Gigaom blog.
With an ear to the ground and an eye on the sky, Gigaom's Barb Darrow
chronicles the competitive factors shaping the bumpy journey that is cloud
computing among the superpowers (AWS in fight of its life as customers like
Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing). Wherever you stand on the
debate over which cloud giant will reign supreme, it's clear the economic
forces shaping the market are evolving quickly.
Now comes new cloud computing data based on Total Cost of Infrastructure
(TCOI) proving cloud providers are innovating and reducing costs in areas
beyond hardware. The result is a more compelling case for cloud as a far
cheaper platform than a build-your-own datacenter. Further, the economic gap
advantage favoring the cloud provider platform will widen over time.
In many w... (more)
AppZero has announced that Wragby Business Solutions & Technologies Limited,
a Microsoft cloud partner in Nigeria, has joined the AppZero Partner Program
as a Gold Partner for Nigeria and the rest of West Africa. Through the
partner program, AppZero collaborates with system integrators, service
providers and resellers to support enterprise application migrations to and
across datacenters and clouds.
The Partner Program is the foundation of AppZero's worldwide channel strategy
to ensure comprehensive global coverage of its award-winning application
migration software in the run-u... (more)
Cloud providers Google, AWS and Microsoft are doing some spring-cleaning -
out with the old, in with the new - when it comes to pricing services.
With the latest cuts, here's a news flash: There's a new business model
driving cloud that is every bit as exponential in growth -- with order of
magnitude improvements to pricing -- as Moore's Law has been to computing.
Let's call it "Bezos' Law," and go straight to the math
Bezos' law is the observation that, over the history of cloud, a unit of
computing power price is reduced by 50% approximately every 3 years
If Bezos' law reflects ... (more)
IT departments hate end of life of products and the resulting headaches. End
of life for a product means the support lifeline disappears, security updates
stop and IT is left stranded with the compliance team breathing down their
neck. Upgrade projects are not a fun sell to the business. "Hey, Ms./Mr.
Business, let's invest a bunch of money and time to get the same place you
were before"... Gee, let's get out the drill bit and do a root canal while
we're at it.
For the Windows 2003 Server family you should know the following:
On July 13, 2010 Mainstream Support for Windows Server... (more)
Question: Why did the server application cross the network? Answer: For the
same reason the chicken crossed the road - to get to the other side ... (in
this case) of the datacenter and clouds.
Follow up question: If all a server application ‘wants' to do is get to
another server - physical or virtual - why would it drag along an OS?
Answer: Because it didn't know it had a much more agile and faster option -
OS-free server application virtualization.
And here we get to the heart of the matter .... Server application
virtualization is frequently misunderstood because when they th... (more)