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Re: Microsoft Climbs Higher Into the Cloud
Posted by: Erika Morphy 2008-07-08 18:11:39
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Microsoft is offering some of its most popular acquisitions via cloud computing with the rollout of Microsoft Online Services. Like many vendors adopting this delivery mode, Microsoft is seeking to exploit companies' eagerness to downsize their internal IT and computing infrastructures to the greatest extent possible. Of course, Microsoft is not the first vendor to hitch its fortunes to the concept of cloud computing. From Amazon to Google to smaller best-of-breed point solution providers, the space is rapidly becoming crowded with offerings.

Yeah yeah -- who cares about accurate "definitions"
Posted by: EfficientBiz 2008-07-15 19:43:12 In reply to: Erika Morphy
tmccune - thanks for clarifying but as a businessperson, I truly do not care what the "real" definition is. You may notice that I put "cloud" in quotes, it was simply an easy to remember term to use.

What I care about and what matters is the ability to move my entire business software to a location, vendor and platform independent location -- the internet. Perhaps the "thin client" concept will eventually come to pass. Just give me a browser anywhere at any machine and I can do business.

More buggy Microsoft Monopoly - No Thanks
Posted by: EfficientBiz 2008-07-08 19:40:05 In reply to: Erika Morphy
Microsoft is way too late in this game and with Gates gone (I think Bill saw the writing on the wall) and the possibility of finally breaking away from the stranglehold of Microsoft, I for one and many others I am sure, are ready to jump ship.

The only reason my company runs Win XP is because our main application needs it ... and no it will not run on Vista. I am even using remote software like gotomypc on a Mac to avoid Windows.

So not only am I moving everything to the non Microsoft "Cloud", Win XP/Pro is the LAST Microsoft OS and if at all possible application I will ever buy (and now I can't even buy it - smart move Balmer - LOL).

Google is way ahead and they even have a very nice video explaining what the "cloud" is.

FYI, I am not a techie Unix, Mac, Linux fanboy, I even believe that Microsoft in the past did help technology progress. However, I also recognize the horrific IT costs and have pulled out my hair so many times (I am surprised I am not bald) due to the bugs in Microsoft OS and applications.

With Balmer at the helm, Google is laughing all the way to the bank.

SaaS is not cloud computing
Posted by: tmccune 2008-07-08 18:17:45 In reply to: Erika Morphy
The ubiquitous use of the term cloud computing seems to be something journalists can't resist. The Microsoft offerings are definitely Software as a Service (SaaS) but it's not cloud computing.
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