Cloud Computing: Windows To Try And Dominate The Field
It was written before that we rarely talk about the operating systems and the code behind cloud computing. We can talk until we are blue in the face about what cloud computing does and how it works but the technical part in the background rarely gets it 15 minutes of fame. So lets not wait any longer and let’s put these cloud computing code talkers on display.
The wolf in sheep’s clothing
Microsoft has snuck in behind a lot of other companies and are now offering a massive cloud computing operating platform. This is a rather large undertaking for a company that has been getting hammered for not having a hybrid platform to begin with. What Microsoft has done is turn it up a notch, not just by offering a hybrid platform that any system can use, but taking that hybrid platform and opening up to….wait for it….windows based servers. The global push for Microsoft has turned into a frantic shove to use their cloud based platform for all window servers. Plan on hearing a lot more about Windows Azure in the very near future as more and more webhosts that already run windows servers can easily migrate into their cloud software.
Opening the door to the future or cutting it off from everyone else
Virtual machines, websites, service management portals and applications can and will all be affected by how Azure comes to life for Microsoft. The expanding nature of Azure is going to turn an already competitive market into an even more competitive one. All the major players are doing a great job of pushing the small personal cloud companies into the background. In the past simple price cuts and flooding the market would put these companies out of business. Except the constant changing technology is making it so even the big companies are feeling the pinch from the small ones, this competitive nature tends to help the market then hurt it. Cloud computing has become the industry it is today in part because of the competiveness that has been found in the midrange companies that have been dominating the field up to just a few years ago.
Is it everything I need
Dell has been working with VMware for a while to offer cloud computing and security all in one spot. The combination has worked. But only for that niche, and right now cloud computing is broken up into so many different niches that it is hard to keep them all straight. As hybrid clouds have become the norm (based off the idea that end users will use more than one cloud service and need one portal to make each work) the questions that remain are, security and if it will work with x or not. Security gets answered when places like Dell team up with VMware, but what about the other names in the market? Each offer their own approach to security but much like the lack of hybrid portals until recently the divide with security has become a ongoing problem. Time will only tell if this is something that will really need to change or something that people learn to deal with.
By Emma Joseph