A week ago, Google make its Compute Engine generally available. The service offers virtual machine instances as a cloud service, at prices from $0.114 per hour for a single-core VM with 3.75 GB RAM. In addition, you pay for outgoing network traffic and persistent storage. Reflecting the shortage of IP addresses, a static IP costs
…continue reading Google Compute Engine: good enough to take on Amazon?
I am working extensively with Visual Studio 2013, Office 365 and Windows Azure, researching cloud development on Microsoft’s platform. It is in general a reasonable experience, but the way Microsoft manages its cloud accounts is a constant annoyance and sometimes a source of bugs.
The problem is that you cannot manage with just one Microsoft
…continue reading Microsoft cloud account problems
Salesforce has announced Salesforce 1, but what it is? Something new, or the same old stuff repackaged?
Even if it is something new, the ingredients are familiar. Salesforce 1, I have been told, is a new brand over the Salesforce platform, though it does not replace individual components like Force.com or Heroku.
…continue reading Salesforce 1 and the cloud platform wars
Amazon made some big announcements at its re:Invent conference last week.
CTO Dr Werner Vogels on stage at re:Invent
The two I find most interesting are in virtualisation. The company announced two new virtualisation services, in preview. AppStream is application virtualisation. You install a streaming client, available for Windows, iOS, Android
…continue reading Amazon’s big reinvent aims at the enterprise
SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, is critical to the company’s strategic direction for Windows. It is the means by which content and settings are kept in synch across different Windows machines; or more precisely, user accounts across different Windows machines.
Content in SkyDrive is accessible via any web browser, and there are clients for Windows
…continue reading Users report SkyDrive issues: sync failures, Microsoft Account problems
Microsoft delivered record revenue of $18.53 billion in the quarter ended September 30th 2013 – which might come as a surprise if you have been focusing on the companies failings in tablets and smartphones versus Apple and Android, the steep decline in PC sales, and its small market share in search versus Google, but less
…continue reading Microsoft proves resilience with bumper quarter, but is not yet a devices and services business
Microsoft has updated its developer site, MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). Simple, relevant and community driven, says Product Manager Brian Harry in a post introducing the new site.
Developers are not convinced that it is an improvement. The comments to Harry’s post are pretty damning, in fact. The core complaint is that the new MSDN
…continue reading Microsoft’s MSDN changes: too much marketing
I have been working with a small business migrating its email to Office 365. The task seems simple enough: migrate just over 100 mailboxes from on-premise Exchange 2007. There is no requirement for a hybrid deployment, so the normal approach is a cutover migration. You run a script on Exchange at the Office 365 end
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365: migration hassles show why partners still have a role
A survey by IDG Connect, sponsored by Dell, asked European IT “decision makers” in organisations with 500 or more employees about their migration plans. The survey took place at the end of 2012 and in early 2013.
Here are the cloud migration plans for email:
Migrate email to Office 365: 13% Migrate email to Google
…continue reading Real-world cloud computing adoption: pretty slow according to IDG Connect survey
Adobe has caused a stir with its announcement that Creative Suite will no longer be available under a perpetual license, for versions beyond the current Creative Suite 6.
Given this, the CC applications will be available only as part of Creative Cloud. We will continue to sell and support Adobe Creative Suite® 6 applications, and
…continue reading The pros and cons of subscription vs perpetual licenses