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The PaaS competition heats up with Amazon adding ASP.NET support to its AWS Elastic Beanstalk environment and MS SQL Server to the Amazon RDS offerings. This is a significant announcement from Amazon as it draws the battle lines with Microsoft which is aggressively positioning Windows Azure as the .NET Cloud offering to the developer community. Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) was launched in 2009 with the initial support for MySQL. Amazon has been regularly investing in RDS by bringing the high availability features like Multi-AZ deployment and performance enhancements like Read-Replicas. Last year, Oracle got added to the supported databases of RDS and recently the Multi-AZ feature was added to it. Right from the day of the announcement, it was clear that AWS was moving towards supporting the popular databases on RDS. Until now, SQL Azure has been the onl... (more)

Is Cloud a Threat or an Opportunity for the Channel?

One of the key tenets of the Cloud is self-service. Anyone from an individual entrepreneur to an enterprise CIO with a valid credit card can subscribe to the Cloud. This has been the biggest driver of Cloud adoption especially among the startups and SMEs. While this is definitely an advantage for the Cloud providers and Cloud consumers, there is one entity in the ecosystem that is intimidated by this paradigm. And, that is the reseller community which is also known as the channel or the Value Added Reseller (VAR). Before we analyze whether Cloud is a threat or an opportunity for ... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Windows Azure Gets More Features

Last week seems to have been an important week for the Windows Azure team at Microsoft. They have provided some new and improved features to Windows Azure. There were also some new feature releases from Google, Amazon and Eucalyptus. And, Hortonworks releases new version of the Sandbox. Here’s a quick sum up of Cloud happenings over the last week. To start with, Microsoft has added a number of new features to Windows Azure over the last week. The new features include HDInsight sevice, support for Dropbox and Mercurial repositories, and a few updates to Mobile Services. HDInsight:... (more)

A Case for Private PaaS

A couple of weeks back, at the IBF Panel discussion on PaaS, we were discussing the opportunity for a Private PaaS. While a Private Cloud is typically associated with IaaS, I started to ponder on the value of a Private PaaS offering. Installing the development platform / runtime running .NET or Java stack on a set of VMs provisioned on the Private (IaaS) Cloud doesn’t turn it into a Private PaaS. PaaS should really abstract the nuts and bolts of the infrastructure (OS, middleware and other plumbing) and should expose only what is required for the applications to run. Microsoft’... (more)

Top Ten Reasons Why Startups Should Consider Cloud

As a passionate Cloud Evangelist, I always believe that Cloud is the best companion of the startups. While the Silicon Valley startups are the biggest adopters of the Cloud, it may not be the case in India and other parts of Asia. I am prompted to write this article after a long debate I had with the CTO of one of the startups. His application runs on a server that is co-located at a 3rd party datacenter and he is reluctant to move it to the Cloud. Here is a summary of the points that I pitched to him. This should help startups in understanding the potential of the Cloud. 10. Se... (more)