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The cloud world seems to have been credited with some interesting announcements over the last week. There were some new feature releases from Microsoft, Amazon and Eucalyptus. Hortonworks has proudly announced its ‘handshake’ with Openstack Foundation and Rackspace certification. Plus, an important announcement on the headcount numbers was made by VMware. Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week. Early last week, the PaaS player Windows Azure has made some improvements to the SQL SysPrep support in SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU2. This new feature allows a user to leverage business intelligence and other SQL Server features in the VHDs created for on-premise and Windows Azure VMs. Next, they have provided a couple of workarounds to update the existing Windows Azure Cloud Service with .NET 4.5 and OS family 3. They have published detailed steps to update ... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Android Comes to Windows Azure Mobile Services

The cloud world seems to have been received some interesting announcements and offerings over the last week. There were some new feature releases and price offerings from Amazon. Microsoft has announced some important updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services. Plus, Cloud Foundry has also announced its ‘handshake’ with Pivotal Initiative. Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week: Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has offered a month long free trial of the AWS Trusted Advisor to all AWS customers. This service inspects the AWS environment and makes recomm... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Windows Azure IaaS Moves into GA

Over the last week, the cloud world seems to have received some significant announcements from Microsoft and Amazon. Also, HP Cloud has introduced a new messaging service. Plus, Appcelerator has announced the release of Titanium 3.1 and Node.ACS GA. Here’s a quick sum up of Cloud happenings over the last week. Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. This new service allows users to host Virtual Machines in Azure. In addition, they have also reduced GA prices on virtual machines and cloud services by 21-33%. Next, they have also a... (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)

Is VMware the New Microsoft in the PaaS World?

In 2000, Microsoft announced that it is building a brand new runtime and a framework called .NET. At the heart of .NET was the Common Language Runtime (CLR) designed to execute an assembly like language known as Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL). This was at a time when Sun was trying to lure the developers away from Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C++ to their flagship Java platform. It was not just Microsoft but an array of language and platform players were seriously threatened by Java’s dominance. Microsoft realized that by supporting more languages on top of .NET coul... (more)