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 value out of Cloud.
Periodic Processing – Every enterprise has at least one application that
goes through the grind during a certain time of the month, quarter or year. A
classic example of this pattern is employee performance review application.
This app is not so much in use for most part of t... (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)
Windows Azure is the Platform as a Service offering from Microsoft. Though it
started as the preferred Cloud platform for .NET developers, it has come a
long way to become a true polyglot PaaS. Windows Azure supports running .NET,
Java, PHP, Node.js and even PERL, Ruby, Python and other applications. Its
tighter integration with Visual Studio and Eclipse makes it productive for
the developers to design, develop, test and deploy applications on Windows
In this series, we will see how to develop and deploy your first application
on Windows Azure. Since the objective of th... (more)
Guess who benefits when two industry giants compete with each other offering
exactly the same set of services? It is RightScale!
While the Cloud ecosystem is still recovering from the euphoria of witnessing
Microsoft and Google launch IaaS, RightScale is busy porting their
ServerTemplates to both the Public Clouds. They are in an enviable position
where every new IaaS provider wants to be a part of their platform.
This is not a common phenomenon that we see in the industry. RightScale saw
the opportunity pretty early in the cycle and got into the game much ahead of
the time and tha... (more)
I started my career in late 90s selling Microsoft Application Platform that
included the servers and the developer tools. One of the most common customer
objections that I used to handle was “vendor lock-in”. Every time I
pitched MS SQL Server or Visual Basic, the immediate concern from the
customers was getting locked into the Microsoft platform.
A decade later, “Vendor lock-in” still remains a hurdle that the
technical sales rep has to go through. But the landscape has changed
significantly. Now the vendor lock-in argument has shifted to the Cloud. I
often hear lock-in in the ... (more)