Microsoft's Public, Private Cloud: 10 Things Enterprises Want From It
Many IT industry people are talking about The New York Times' recent article criticizing a Microsoft cloud-system data center and pointing out inconsistencies between the company's messaging and the facility's actual performance. Naturally, this has opened up questions about Microsoft's overall cloud strategy, yet another business line in which the huge IT company has been playing catch-up for the past few years. Microsoft says its cloud strategy is to focus on greater business agility, economics and user experiences. As enterprises wait to see this ecosystem built out, a number of organizations are already talking to system integrators about how to maximize their Microsoft investments and be able to deliver on trends such as mobile, social, hybrid cloud, distributed apps and big data. Ultimately, what Microsoft continues to deliver in cloud computing will stand out as the strategy that fundamentally changes how thousands of businesses operate and compete. Whether it is a public or private cloud, a cohesive experience for executing on cloud architectures, cloud architected apps, superior hosting, and delivery and deployment could be better articulated by the folks in Redmond. With this in mind, eWEEK, with the help of Windows/.NET ecosystem member and open-standards cloud platform provider Apprenda, has put together a slide show on key data points on what millions of Microsoft customers would like to see in the cloud system it is building.
Hybrid Cloud Symmetry for PaaS
This can be accomplished by either partnering with leading private platform as a service vendors or by releasing some parts of Azure on-premises. True hybrid cloud ensures that functionality in both the public and private components of the hybrid cloud are equal. Given that Azure is a public cloud only, Microsoft needs to provide equal functionality on-premises through product releases or partnerships.