A cloud in your datacenter? Azure Stack arrives

At last it’s here: After a prolonged gestation with three public previews, Microsoft has announced the release of Azure Stack. You can download the free Azure Stack Development Kit now. Complete hardware and software solutions will ship in the next couple of months, when Microsoft completes certification. Bringing the public cloud to on-premises data centers… Continue reading A cloud in your datacenter? Azure Stack arrives

What cloud computing really means

The “cloud” in cloud computing originated from the habit of drawing the internet as a fluffy cloud in network diagrams. No wonder the most popular meaning of cloud computing refers to running workloads over the internet remotely in a commercial provider’s data center — the so-called “public cloud” model. AWS (Amazon Web Services), Salesforce’s CRM… Continue reading What cloud computing really means

How will the cloud change IT? Look at Microsoft

Microsoft is planning a global sales reorganization to better focus on selling cloud software, according to Microsoft insiders. This comes as no surprise, considering that Microsoft did the same for its ailing phone business last year.  What does this mean? Well, cloud in, software out—at least from the Microsoft business standpoint. However, count on Microsoft soaking… Continue reading How will the cloud change IT? Look at Microsoft

Get started with AWS Lambda

Why would a developer use AWS Lambda? In a word, simplicity. AWS Lambda—and other event-driven, “function-as-a-service” platforms such as Microsoft Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, and IBM OpenWhisk—simplify development by abstracting away everything in the stack below the code. Developers write functions that respond to certain events (a form submission, a webhook, a row added… Continue reading Get started with AWS Lambda

The latest cyber attacks show why the cloud is safer

Computer systems from the Ukraine to the United States were affected last week by the Petya cyber attack. It’s similar to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack last month. The WannaCry ransomware took advantage of vulnerabilities in the older versions of Windows that allowed the infection to spread. All someone needed to do was click a… Continue reading The latest cyber attacks show why the cloud is safer