I am impressed with the new Windows Azure platform, but when I moved a simple app from my local machine to Azure I had some hassle copying the SQL Server database.
The good news is that you can connect to SQL Azure using SQL Server Management studio. You need to do two things. First, check
…continue reading Moving a database from on-premise SQL Server to SQL Azure: some hassle
I am at the Cloud Computing World Forum in London where one of the highlights was a keynote yesterday from Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. Amazon, oddly enough, does not have a stand here; yet the company dominates the IAAS (Infrastructure as a service) market and has moved beyond that into more PAAS (Platform as a
…continue reading Amazon web service APIs: a kind of cloud standard?
Microsoft has announced new preview features in Windows Azure, its cloud computing platform, which introduce infrastructure as a service features as well as improving its support for hybrid public/private clouds.
The best summary is in the downloadable Fact Sheet (Word document). One key piece is that virtual machines (VMs) can now be persistent. Previously
…continue reading Windows Azure get new hybrid cloud, infrastructure as a service features
Yesterday NVIDIA announced the Geforce GRID, a cloud GPU service, here at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.
The Geforce GRID is server-side software that takes advantage of new features in the “Kepler” wave of NVIDIA GPUs, such as GPU virtualising, which enables the GPU to support multiple sessions, and an on-board encoder
…continue reading The pros and cons of NVIDIA’s cloud GPU
Adobe has launched though not quite released its Creative Cloud. The name is slightly misleading since Adobe’s main business is in desktop applications and the “Creative Cloud” is as much or more a subscription model for desktop applications as it is a set of cloud services. In its discussions with financial analysts at the end
…continue reading What’s in Adobe’s Creative Cloud, and should you go cloud or purchase outright?
Microsoft has published its latest financials. Here is my at-a-glance summary:
Quarter ending March 31st 2012 vs quarter ending March 31st 2011, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 4624 +177 2952 +160 Server and Tools 4572 +386 1738 +285 Online 707 +40 -479 +297 Business (Office) 5814 +485 3770 +457 Entertainment
…continue reading Microsoft results: old business model still humming, future a concern
During Mobile World Congress I met with some folk from Twilio, the cloud telephony company, who said something that interested me. Twilio uses Amazon Web Service (AWS) for its infrastructure and told me that essentially there is no choice, AWS is the only cloud provider which can scale on demand quickly and smoothly as required.
…continue reading How Amazon Web Services dominate infrastructure as a service
The Parallels Summit is on in Orlando, Florida, and at the event the company has released details of its “Cloud insights” research, focused on small businesses.
Most people know Parallels for its desktop virtualization for the Mac. This or an equivalent comes in handy when you need to run Windows software on a Mac, or
…continue reading Small Businesses love the cloud says Parallels: three times more likely to choose cloud over on-premise servers
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference yesterday; Macrumors has what looks like a full transcript. Do not expect hot news; there is little or nothing in the way of announcements. It is interesting though as a recap of how Apple sees its future: iPad, iPhone, iCloud, Apple TV, maybe some
…continue reading Tablets will be bigger than PCs. Are you ready?