The long awaited Microsoft Azure pricnig model was announced recently. For a
while I really thought Microsoft would use its fashionably late arrival to
Cloud Computing to build upon the short comings of other vendors and maybe
take advantage of the opportunity to establish a leadership position in Cloud
Pricing. Alas, yesterday I discovered that Microsoft will instead add to the
confusion when it comes to Cloud Pricing. Here is a snippet of what they
Azure pricing is a disappointment on three counts:
It isn’t true utility or consumption computing pricing because the customer
will not end up paying for what they actually use. Compute and Storage hours
are a mistake because it presumes the full consumption of compute unit for
any part of 1 hour. The customer doesn’t realize it but they are paying for
computing resources they aren’t necessarily going to use... (more)
When we read about revolutions historically, they are invariably painted as a
momentary epoch during which the world blissfully changes forever and where
the victors relish in the glory of positive new direction. Granted,
revolutionary ideas are often harmlessly hatched in pubs, coffee shops,
online groups, and simple meet-ups. But the revolution itself is anything but
blissful or momentary.
Revolution is about upheaval. And upheaval only brings uncertainty, panic and
divisiveness. Revolution is a mess. It’s ugly and unorganized. And the
business of it is bloody. If you want to s... (more)
This is Part III in a series by 6fusion Co-founder and CEO John Cowan on the
emerging trend of Cloud Brokerage and the impact it will have on the
technology industry and markets. Be sure to check out Part I of the
series here and Part II here.
The feedback and fallout from Part II of this post has been quite
interesting. I thought for sure the bulk of the flack I would have to take
would be from the cloud vendor incumbents I said would be relegated to the
world of retail cloud business. But since I posted my perspective I’ve
found myself digging in to the nature of the Total A... (more)
Jack Clark at ZDnet recently published a great series of articles on the
current state of cloud computing, which included an article on utility
computing called “Cloud computing’s utility future gets closer“. It’s
one of the best reviews of where we are in the progression toward utility
computing I’ve seen recently – probably since John Cowan’s blog series
on a similar topic or the GigaOm white paper by Paul Miller called Metered
IT: the path to utility computing.
A few key takeways from the article:
First, Clark states the cloud is changing nearly every aspect of the
Network computing posted a good article on tool for assessing cloud ROI.
Check it out below.
Posted by David Greenfield, January 08, 2013
Gone are the days when the cloud meant simply a hosted virtual instance or
resource on some provider's network. We're seeing all sorts of new variants
and twists emerge. I'm not just referring to the use of storage or compute
resources or those that allow for elastic computing, such as
Amazon's Reserved Instances.
We're likely to see industry-specific community clouds emerge. These clouds
are built to address the security and compliance needs ... (more)