What happened in 2014? One thing I did not predict is that Samsung lost its momentum. Here are Gartner’s figures for global smartphone sales by vendor, for the third quarter of 2014:
Samsung is still huge, of course. But in 2013, Samsung seemed to be in such control of its premium brand that it
…continue reading So that was 2014: Samsung stumbles, all change for Microsoft, Sony hack, more cloud, more mobile
Last week I was in Las Vegas for my first visit to Amazon’s annual developer conference re:Invent. There were several announcements, the biggest being a new relational database service called RDS Aurora – a drop-in replacement for MySQL but with 3x write performance and 5x read performance as well as resiliency benefits – and EC2
…continue reading Quick reflections on Amazon re:Invent, open source, and Amazon Web Services
Amazon is holding its third Reinvent conference in Las Vegas – 13,500 attendees catching up on Amazon’s Web Services platform. In this morning’s keynote, Amazon’s Senior VP of cloud services Andy Jassy evangelised the platform and announced a number of new services which, in typical Amazon style, are now available in preview.
…continue reading Amazon Reinvent: new products announced including Aurora database with claimed performance 5 times that of MySQL
Amazon Web Services has announced an updated AWS Mobile SDK, which provides libraries for mobile apps using Amazon’s cloud services as a back end. Version 2.0 of the SDK supporting iOS, and Android including Amazon Fire, is now in preview, adding several new features:
Amazon Cognito lets users log in with Amazon, Facebook or Google
…continue reading Amazon Mobile SDK adds login, data sync, analytics for iOS and Android apps
I attended a Microsoft Cloud Day in London organised by the Azure User Group; I booked this when Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich was set to attend, but regrettably he cancelled at a late stage. I skipped the substitute keynote by UK Microsoftie Dave Coplin as I heard the very same talk earlier this month, so
…continue reading Microsoft Azure: growing but still has image problems
It was a lightbulb moment. The problem: how to migrate a document store from one Office 365 (hosted SharePoint) instance to another. Copy it all out and copy it back in, obviously, but that is painful over ADSL (which is all I had at my disposal) since the “asynchronous” part of ADSL means slow uploads;
…continue reading Amazon AWS and the continuing trend towards cloud services. Desktops next?
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?
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
What happened in 2012?
Whether you regard it as the beginning of the end for Windows, or a moment of rebirth, for me it was the year of Windows 8. Microsoft’s new Windows is fascinating on several levels: as a bold strategic move to make a desktop operating system into a tablet operating
…continue reading Android up, Apple down, Microsoft so near, so far: 2012 in review
Last week Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke at a “Fireside Chat” with AWS (Amazon Web Services) chief Werner Vogels. It was an excellent and inspirational performance from Bezos.
If there was a common theme, it was his belief in the merit of low margins, which of necessity keep a business efficient. Low margins
…continue reading The disruption of pay as you go hardware – and I do not mean leasing