Posts Tagged ‘ Azure ’

Microsoft Continues to Take Great Strides Forward

February 27, 2014
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CloudComputing

Microsoft continues to take great strides forward with its cloud strategy, to the point where success has it charging forth at almost record pace. One thing I have learned, in my years working in IT, is that when Microsoft sets its mind on doing something, it is a pretty safe bet that it will succeed…

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Clouds on the Horizon?

January 14, 2014
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Clouds on the Horizon?

Over the holidays, I found myself facing a situation that is a microcosm of one that will confront many IT departments in the coming year. I was trying to decide whether to continue hosting my home lab on my own physical machines or to take the plunge and move to one of the big cloud-based…

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Microsoft Ends Preview Period for HDInsight

October 31, 2013
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CloudComputing

Microsoft is in the news in that they are finally ending their extended months-long preview period of HDInsight and rolling out the welcome mat for big data workloads in the Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Computing Platform.

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Garantia Data Launches Redis & Memcached Service for Azure

December 24, 2012
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Agile Cloud Development

In a sign of the changing times, Garantia Data (an in-memory noSQL database service specialist) has launched a service to provide the Redis and Memcached No-SQL databases as a service to users of Microsoft Windows Azure.

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Public Cloud Computing – Economics and Throats to Choke

September 25, 2012
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CloudComputing

When it comes to public cloud computing services that old adage of "fast, cheap, or good - pick any two" certainly hold true. Amazon can offer you cheap, and since they own their stack, a rapid cycle time DevOps approach to support. But you are not going to get enterprise grade service level guarantees for…

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Azure and Service Providers

August 7, 2012
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CloudComputing

We recently wrote about Microsoft's Three Pronged Windows Azure Strategy - particularly with reference to the Service Provider offering. I've now had a certain amount of time to reflect on the announcement and try and work out what is going on and it doesn't seem to constitute a wholehearted strategy to put resellers on a…

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News: Microsoft Launches New Azure Features, New Iaas Offering, and Performance Management Partnerships

June 7, 2012
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Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet right at the feet of Amazon and VMware. With this release Microsoft is bringing to the table its historical strengths in Windows, its on premise position with Windows systems and Windows applications, its ability to operate scale out data centers on a global basis, with a huge commitment to…

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Take it to the Cloud

June 17, 2011
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Everywhere you look you hear more and more about cloud computing as well as hearing one of my favorite lines from a Microsoft commercial “Let’s take it to the Cloud…”. Companies are jumping on the cloud bandwagon in quite a big way. I wanted to point out and mention some stories and services that I…

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VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift – Compare and Contrast

May 9, 2011
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VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift – Compare and Contrast

Over the last few weeks, VMware (as we indicated in an earlier post) and Red Hat have initiated two very similar initiatives known respectively as CloudFoundry and OpenShift. These are Platform as a Service (PaaS) plays, being developed for the longer term, primarily looking to encourage the development of (and thereafter to provide infrastructure for)…

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