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)
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)
My watered down translation of Long Tail theory is simply the notion that the
aggregate sum of stuff buyers take in small, infrequent quantities will
invariably outstrip the aggregate sum of the most popular counterparts.
Research evidence is beginning to corroborate what we saw some three years
ago: There is a Long Tail in Cloud Computing. Consider some well accepted
research points from IDC and others of late:
The Cloud Computing market will hit USD $42 Billion by 2012 Of that, more
than 50% will comprise business process applications (the stuff we all use
daily to run companie... (more)
Cloud Computing is the next great land rush and it is happening now. All
the major technology companies have their offerings. And it seems like
everyone is entering the market – even the hosting companies want in on the
In theory, migration to the Cloud makes business sense; you’re enabling
companies to rent computing power that would cost them too much to buy. I
won’t bore you with yet another blog post on the ‘what is it’ topic.
There is a great synopsis of Cloud Computing published by Mache Creeger and I
recommend checking it out. In our model, we’re allowing ... (more)
Larry Walsh, of Channel Insider, recently tackled the sensitive subject of
the role of the IT service Channel in the burgeoning market for cloud
computing services and then subsequently posted a follow up. Since 6fusion is
the only 100% Channel focused cloud computing provider in the market that I
know of, I naturally read Larry’s piece with an extra amount of attention.
Walsh makes a couple of very poignant observations about what is happening in
the market regarding Cloud computing and the impact it has on the thousands
of IT intermediaries we often call Resellers or Managed Ser... (more)