Why cloud adoption isn’t slowing datacenter growth

I’m always interested in datacenters because I live in Northern Virginia, where a new one opens about once a month, leveraging a huge bundle of fiber coming out of the ground near Dulles Airport and cheap power sources. Indeed, they now call my region “Datacenter Alley.”  A report by JLL shows that the strong movement of… Continue reading Why cloud adoption isn’t slowing datacenter growth

Microsoft brings Apache Spark, Cassandra, MariaDB to its Azure cloud

Microsoft has brought several third-party popular platforms to its Azure cloud aimed at developers and data analysts. [ What is Apache Spark? The big data analytics platform explained. | Which NoSQL database should you use? MongoDB and Couchbase Server go nose to nose. • NoSQL standouts: The best key-value databases. • NoSQL standouts: The best document databases.… Continue reading Microsoft brings Apache Spark, Cassandra, MariaDB to its Azure cloud

Azure IoT Edge brings smarts to devices at the cloud’s edge

It can be hard to pin down a definition of edge computing. Some companies look at it in terms of networks, others in terms of datacenters. For Microsoft, it’s a distributed cloud that encompasses every computer, no matter how small and how limited. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella uses the term “intelligent edge,” in which container-based… Continue reading Azure IoT Edge brings smarts to devices at the cloud’s edge

What’s new in Azure Functions: durable states

Microsoft has brought the notions of states to the formerly stateless Azure Functions, Microsoft’s serverless computing platform. The addition of states gives developers exciting new ways to take advantage of Azure Functions.   At first glance, Azure Functions is comparable to Amazon’s AWS Lambda. They both have similar event-driven programming models, but now Azure Functions… Continue reading What’s new in Azure Functions: durable states

You want innovation? You’ll have to go to the cloud

Are we at the tipping point with cloud computing? As more technology comes out on public clouds, cloud technology seems to be pushing the limits of innovation. It’s still an emerging approach, yet the degree of innovation in the public cloud seems to have surpassed the innovation of technologies that remain on premises.  A case… Continue reading You want innovation? You’ll have to go to the cloud