Right now, the three major public clouds (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) seem all shiny and new, like many technologies seemed at some point in the past. Let’s see if we can learn from history and assess the risk of the public cloud’s becoming just another legacy platform.
An advertisement from MyCloudIT claiming to offer a Windows 8 DaaS caught my eye this morning. Interesting stuff. Well, maybe not. Poke a little deeper, and MyCloudIT clarifies that what you are getting is not Windows 8.1, but a “Windows 8.1 Experience.” That is to say, not Windows 8.1, and not even a desktop OS. As with many DaaS providers today, MyCloudIT is offering either a shared RDS desktop or a dedicated remote desktop on a Windows 2012 R2 server in Azure. And well, yes, I suppose Windows Server 2012 R2 does look a lot like Windows 8, but to what end.
Microsoft Azure RemoteApp, previously known by its codename, Mohoro, was released at TechEd 2014 in Houston last month as a public beta. What is it? Was it worth the wait? And whatever happened to Microsoft’s DaaS platform?
Project Mohoro first came to light in May 2013 amid speculation that Microsoft was developing its own DaaS platform. Even as respected technology journalist Mary Jo Foley correctly reported that Mohoro was Windows RemoteApp as a hosted service, the majority of pundits chose to believe that Mohoro was DaaS for Azure, despite the lack of any supporting evidence. Microsoft was hardly likely to go out of its way to correct this opinion. With its public launch, it is now possible to look more closely at Azure and compare it to its siblings. Continue reading Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: Web-scale Client Application Hosting
Attending Gigaom Structure was an exercise in getting fire-hosed with the leading edge innovation that public cloud providers are bringing to their customers worldwide. These innovations not only will have a profound effect on public cloud computing, but also will ultimately impact data center architectures, costs, and benefits worldwide.
Our position that OpenStack is dead, both as a public cloud platform and as a private cloud platform, provoked a discussion with Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos about Eucalyptus’s role in the public cloud–hybrid cloud–private cloud continuum. Following is an edited transcript of our email interview with Mickos.
HP has announced Helion, its next-generation public cloud offering. Based on the Icehouse version of OpenStack, Helion includes substantial additions from HP, including a PaaS layer based on Pivotal CF (Pivotal Cloud Foundry). HP also announced a free community edition that is limited to thirty servers. This will prove an interesting test of whether any vendor can build a credible competitor to Amazon Web Services around OpenStack. Continue reading Will Helion Save or Destroy HP?