Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Azure cloud’

70% of New Cloud Hosting Customers Are Using Windows

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

At Microsoft annual FInancial Analyst Meeting, COO Kevin Turner made the statement “One of the most exciting things about our cloud strategy is that 70 percent of the wins in the cloud that we had in Q4, ladies and gentlemen, were new Microsoft customers,” Tuner told financial analysts. “Yeah, new Microsoft customers. They were IBM Lotus Notes customers, Novell e-mail customers. They were all this other stuff, in addition to the Microsoft customers, that we’re actually able to grow our portion of the pie this next year in a very dramatic way, because we can explode worker productivity.”

Let’s get this clear what he is saying, 70% of New Cloud Hosting Customers Are Using Windows for their cloud server.  He refers to “New” in this statement, meaning that NEW people switching from other places. The number Turner stated is staggering, assuming his definition of “new” means a customer who isn’t using Microsoft products somewhere else, which is a tough claim for this reporter to believe.

“We now have over 10,000 paying customers on our cloud infrastructure platform and that number is continuing to grow every day, Turner said. (By the way, I could not get Microsoft’s video plug-in to work in any non-Internet Explorer 8 browser; I’ve pulled the quotes from the live transcript, which uses a Java plug-in.)

Turner FAM 2010 slide

“Our second big focus for businesses clearly is around the Windows 7 and Office 2010 refresh,” Turner told FAM attendees. Microsoft sells nearly 8 copies of Windows 7 a second. “For the first time in a long time, we grew share versus Apple in the United States in laptops per IVC this past year. Thanks to Windows 7. In fact, we were up 2.7 points against Apple in the United States in laptops.” Now, I am a huge Apple fan and the fact that he’s mentioning Apple in a meeting like this means that they view Apple cloud servers and Apple cloud hosting as a large competitor in the Microsoft cloud hosting world.

I guess we’ll have to see what is in store for Microsoft that can oust the Apple Giant in the next year.  Can Microsoft cloud servers top the new apple cloud servers that are being released?  I guess we’ll see!

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How Microsoft and Oracle Differ in the Cloud

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Earlier this week at Cloud Expo executives from Microsoft and Oracle discussed the differences in the way they see cloud servers working with enterprise businesses.  Microsoft whole emphasis was on public cloud offerings while Oracle talked all about tools for building out internal clouds.

Hal Stern, Oracle president and former Sun Microsystems chief technology officer for services said “I’d argue that if you’d run today’s applications in the cloud with exactly the same utilization as you would in your own data center … [it] will probably cost you more.”  The advantage of the cloud, Stern argued, is elasticity. It is those “impulse functions of demand, where you want to go to 100 CPUs to 1,000 CPUs, but give them back,” he said.

Stern later said “If you look at every one of the cases that has been held up as a great case of public cloud, they ran for a period time and then put the resources back. That’s what made them cost effective.”

“When building multitier applications, it is inevitable that you will have to piece together multiple components,” said Arvind Jain, Oracle product strategy director, in a presentation of the new technologies. “The ideal environment for the application developer teams would be an IT infrastructure that would be easily and readily provisioned, so the teams can focus on the application logic.”

Cloud computing is different from simply rehosting, for a number of reasons, Khalidi said.

For one, applications must be built with “scale-out architectures, rather than scale-up architectures,” he said. This means that if you need an application to serve more users, you should be able to spin out more instances of that application. “You have to think about state in a different way.”

“We are very serious about the cloud. We view it as a natural extension of on-premise software,” said Yousef Khalidi, a Microsoft distinguished engineer working on the Microsoft Azure cloud offering, during his talk. “We believe in a hybrid model going forward, that would span the whole spectrum.”

Full Microsoft and Oracle Cloud Server Article

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