Over the last week, the cloud world has witnessed a few important
announcements from a couple of major cloud players. There were some new
feature releases from Amazon and Microsoft. In addition, Amazon has announced
the SAP Business Suite certification on AWS. Also, there was a ‘must
read’ post published by Microsoft. Plus, ActiveState has announced about
its significant revenue growth from the past year.
Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week.
Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has introduced the integration of
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) with Amazon Simple Notification
Service (SNS). This service allows a user to set up notifications for any RDS
instances by creating an Event subscription. Next, Amazon has announced that
AWS has been certified to host the SAP Business Suite environment in full
production mode. Thus, increase... (more)
One of the critical requirements for enterprises to adopt Cloud is the Hybrid
capability. Since most of the mission critical applications live behind the
firewall, they should be able to extend the functionality of these
applications to the Cloud.
Since the initial announcement of Windows Azure, Microsoft has been
constantly investing in hybrid features. I want to highlight some of the
scenarios that are ideal candidates for the Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud.
Extending the Business Logic to the Cloud
Imagine a scenario where the e-Commerce storefront running on the public
domain nee... (more)
As a part of my job, I work with large enterprise customers trying to help
them realize the potential of Cloud Computing. As much I believe in the
benefits of Cloud, I also have a realistic discussion around the
anti-patterns for Cloud and why certain applications may not be the great
candidates to be moved to the Cloud. It makes it easy to have certain
patterns in mind when discussing what kind of a line of business application
can move to the Cloud for realizing the best return on investment.
In this article, I want to discuss the possible scenarios for getting the
maximum val... (more)
Microsoft not only announced a set of new features to Windows Azure at the
Professional Developer Conference last week but they also made a few
underlying statements. I want to share my viewpoint and insights into what
was announced at PDC last week. Most of the features that got announced are
not available yet and will be in CTP form early next year. Here is a quick
summary of what’s coming to Windows Azure in the near future. There are
broadly classified into platform enhancements, enterprise features and
VM Role – Web Role and Wo... (more)
Amazon Web Services never fails to amaze me in their innovation and the pace
at which they do it! While the competition is struggling to get the basic
pieces of the puzzle right, AWS is marching ahead delivering what the
enterprises really need. There is a pattern that’s clearly visible in the
last few major announcements from AWS – they want to win the enterprise.
Whether it is VPC, Direct Connect, IAM or the recent Storage Gateway, they
are all squarely targeted at increasing the confidence of the enterprises to
embrace the Cloud. Yesterday’s announcement of Simple Workflow Ser... (more)