Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Cloud’

Even Big Clouds Fall Down

February 26th, 2013 No comments

Cloud FailAnother cruel lesson in the realities of multi-national cloud computing platforms.  Did you hear that Microsoft’s Azure storage cloud fell down last week because of a school-boy error?  Someone in Redmond Washington forgot to renew an SSL certificate and that took down the whole show.  Every sub-region using the platform was reporting outages and degradation of service because of this issue.  Mistakes happen.  We are only human.  But, shouldn’t you be able to trust the big guys to have the right infrastructure in place to prevent amateur mistakes like letting an SSL certifcate expire? Read more…

Microsoft BPOS outages: a cautionary tale continues

September 13th, 2010 No comments

Caveat Emptor

If you haven’t heard yet …  scores of businesses have been paying the price for trail-blazing early adoption with Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).  Over the past 2 weeks there have been 3 system outages that prevented BPOS customers from accessing email, SharePoint, and web conferencing.  And while Microsoft gave a rebate to some affected customers, and they offered an apology on one of their blogs late last week … I suspect they have done  damage to their reputation as an enterprise cloud provider. What is worse, they illustrate an all-too-common cautionary tale in our industry; the perils of early adoption.

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Google Apps: a Golden Goose … or just a Goose Egg?

April 16th, 2010 No comments

Google wants to do hosted apps now.  Interesting.  Google Apps was actually soft launched 2 years ago and they have been using it internally since.  You might ask “what does Microsoft have to say about that?”  Well, they have launched BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite).  In short, they are very similar products … but basically, clients would run their applications over the internet via a browser. Welcome to the new Google/Microsoft battlefield:  Cloud-based Apps. 

I find this all very exciting, although … in principle … it’s not entirely new.  Delivering applications across the Internet is something IT Weapons has been doing for over 10 years.  I first did this myself way back when I qualified as a ‘geek’ in 1992. As a matter of IT-history, I did Canada’s first Citrix WinView installation (yep, I’m THAT old).  Anyway, having focused my own career (nearly 20 years) and my company on app-delivery for clients, I qualify as an expert on the topic. Read more…

Another Cloud Computing Conference

March 17th, 2010 No comments

I attended an invitation only conference last week for 250 top IT companies in North America, XChange Solution Provider 2010.  It was hosted by Everything Channel  and sponsored by the world’s top IT vendors.  Their goal was to present some go-to-market strategies and voice their ideas for the industry’s future… I think mostly to ensure they are all on the same page and heading in the right direction.  This year’s event was heavily focused on “the cloud”.  And that is music to my ears lately.  I was anxious to see what others had to say.  My feelings are mixed. Read more…

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