Ask anyone if they have adopted the cloud, and the answer will likely be yes. Whether it’s Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.com, Google Docs, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or any of the myriad other cloud services, almost everyone will cheerfully admit to using the cloud in some form. Does the definition of cloud imply pulling from cloud services, workloads pushing to the cloud, or perhaps both?
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VMware takes big steps into its cross-cloud vision. My esteemed colleague at TVP Strategy Jo Harder recently released an article on the rumors about an upcoming VMware and Amazon Web Services press conference announcement. Jo was right on the money with her assessment: an official announcement was made, although VMware mistakenly posted its announcement a wee bit early. I would like to build off of Jo’s post and move the conversation in slightly different direction.
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.
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.