Public cloud IaaS providers are competing heavily on price. Watching Google, AWS, and Microsoft play the falling prices game is like watching a ping-pong match. It is just a matter of time before IBM’s SoftLayer matches the prices as well. Adrian Cockcroft wrote a great piece called The Real Story Behind the Cloud Price War, which is a must-read for those trying to understand the impact of the market’s feverish competition to be the lowest-cost provider. Here is an important nugget from Adrian’s article:
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 in pretty much whatever it puts its collective minds and resources behind. The cloud is just another example of that success.
Have you taken any time answering this question? Who runs what hypervisor? Is it just me, or do there seem to be a lot of articles and posts about OpenStack recently, so many that one almost gets the feeling that everything is running on OpenStack? It looks like there’s a push to help keep OpenStack on the path to becoming more mainstream, and the new partnership with Red Hat might just be the ticket. For now, OpenStack is still going through its adolescence, but it has great potential to go out and really make a difference in this world. Until then, have you ever stopped to consider which underlying hypervisors are supporting the clouds we all know and love?
For over a year now, a large number of industry experts have been asking questions like “is PaaS becoming just a feature of IaaS?,” “is PaaS dying?,” “do you really need a PaaS?,” and “is PaaS dead?” This has raised great deal of passionate debate in Twitter-land and other social media outlets, although supporters of stand-alone PaaS solutions are mostly those who are employed by vendors of those solutions. Continue reading The War on PaaS
Privacy is defined many different ways, but however you define it, when it comes to how corporations use data your privacy becomes very important. What companies do with your data may at times seem like an invasion of your privacy, but in these cases, privacy has well-defined limitations in the eyes of the law. Will the Internet of Things (IoT) change the definition of privacy in the context of computing? Let us consider Google’s purchase of Nest. What could it have gained by this, other than to have one more IoT device within its family of products? Continue reading Privacy and the IoT
Quite a few upgrades and new products have come out over the last few months. Some have forced many people to rethink their stance toward the cloud, management of resources, and technologies involved. For many, upgrades should upgrade but not change major functionality (or at least the way they use the upgraded tool). When this happens, there is usually a backlash from the users. To avoid that, different solutions, or even new ones, may be needed to replace those that caused the serious issues with the users. Upgrades should cause very little change to how business is done except to provide new features. Unfortunately, we are seeing a rash of upgrades that are forcing people to rethink how they use a cloud and are actually forcing people to use clouds. Continue reading Upgrade to the Clouds