Articles Tagged with Microsoft

Educate, Upgrade, Patch, or Else..

I had a debate with a fellow technologist at Dell EMC World this year about whether the cloud is more secure than any given data center not used by a cloud provider. The argument put forth was that cloud service providers often have better security controls in place, they can auto-patch systems, etc. All in all, it is a valid argument. However, if I as the tenant cannot prove that security, then whatever the cloud does is not necessarily good enough. With the infrastructure of seventy-four countries impacted by the latest ransomware attack, this debate is placed in stark contrast to reality. Were it not for one researcher, the spread might have been worse. At the moment, the only solution for preventing such widespread ransomware is to upgrade and patch. This does not validate the argument that the cloud will patch for you. It does not do so for many Windows systems (depending on the cloud).

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Earnings for 1st Quarter of 2017

Can you believe we are well into the month of May already? Where does the time go? The end of April is when some of the public cloud companies release their first-quarter earnings. As such, we have some numbers to report on from Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, IBM, Oracle, and SAP. The sources I have used for this post are the publicly released company reports, Cleveland Research, Factset Estimates, and CRC Estimates. The SAP numbers have been converted to dollars for the comparisons, and revenues being reported include IaaS and SaaS/PaaS that have been sold on an IaaS platform.

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DockerCon

DockerCon 2017 Roundup

DockerCon

Recently I attended DockerCon in Austin, Texas. Docker has been gaining an increased amount of interest in the enterprise for both building new greenfield applications and migrating legacy applications. Docker has become synonymous with microservices-based architectures, but enterprises are mired in legacy applications. In my experience, well over 90% of all workloads in enterprises are not microservices-based architectures, so I was interested in hearing how Docker would address this issue.

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Microsoft’s New Golden Goose Is Azure

When I look at large tech companies, I always get the feeling that they have a strategy based on maximizing revenue from one or two core products. Every decision about the other products tends to be made on the basis of protecting or increasing sales of these core products. It is usually hard for the company to accept that the central products are past their prime. This is the core of the innovator’s dilemma: protecting the goose that lays the golden egg leaves you exposed when the goose dies. In the end, the large company usually gets disrupted by a smaller player with no legacy to protect. Very occasionally, companies will allow themselves to self-disrupt, building a new core product before the golden goose is dead. It looks to me like Microsoft has decided to build a new golden goose: Azure.

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