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Fast Fact Friday: AWS vs Azure vs Google

fastfacts2According to the RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud report …

57% of respondents are running applications on Amazon Web Services. 

30% are running apps in Microsoft Azure Iaas and PaaS.

13% are running Apps on Google Cloud Platform and App Engine

 


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SMB Cloud Pioneer Cumulus Global Takes on Microsoft Cloud

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A pioneer in cloud computing solutions for small and mid-size businesses, Cumulus Global (www.cumulusglobal.com) announced today the addition of Microsoft Cloud Solutions to its portfolio of solutions. The addition of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure services expands the range of cloud platforms, services, and applications that Cumulus Global provides directly to its customers.

“We are excited to have Cumulus Global join our partner network,” stated Jennifer Heard, vice president, Worldwide Corporate Account and Partner Sales at Microsoft Corp.  “As a born-in-the-cloud solutions provider, Cumulus Global understands that any successful migration to the cloud depends on user adoption of enhanced collaboration and information access capabilities. This opens up massive opportunities for partners and helps our mutual customers realize the true value of their solutions.”

In addition, the company is an authorized Microsoft Surface reseller, offering the tablet-based devices as a replacement for traditional desktops and laptops.

“As a cloud solutions provider, we have always focused on giving our customers solutions that help them succeed, directly or as a broker,” notes Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global, “Our relationship with Microsoft empowers our customers with a broader range of solutions that we can directly design, plan, migrate, manage, and support.”

Beyond email, file services, and collaboration, Cumulus Global is offering platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a- service (IaaS) solutions. The company has existing relationships in place to assist with integrated CRM solutions.


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Microsoft Azure Fail! Will Customers Bail?

 

Once again, a flagship Microsoft cloud service blows through the Service Level Agreement like a blizzard through the Midwest.  Th February 22nd outage, impacting all Azure users worldwide, lasted more than 12 hours.

The culprit:  Microsoft failed to purchase and replace expiring SSL certificates.  In other words, Microsoft neglected to renew one of the most basic components that secure the Azure service.

As noted on RedmondMag.com

“Furious customers wanted to know how something as simple as renewing a SSL cert could fall through the cracks. Even worse, how could that become a single point of failure capable of bringing down the entire service throughout the world?”

Once again, an operational error puts thousands of customers  in the dark.  And this outage is one in a string of major service outages, including:

Microsoft described the issue as “A breakdown in our procedures”.  If not for the disruption and financial impact for thousands for companies, this statement might be considered almost comical.  Ironically, a different certificate error was behind a major Azure outage in February 2012.

To put this in perspective, how would you respond if your internal IT department had Microsoft’s track record of catastrophic failure?

 

It is difficult to trust that Microsoft has the operational maturity and rigor to design and manage multi-tenant, hosted services.  The Azure outage, and others like it, demonstrate immaturity, negligence, or incompetence.  Do the reasons matter given the frequency and impact?  With certificate outages on two subsequent annual renewal terms, it is hard to believe that Microsoft is learning from its mistakes.

 

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Next Normal: Apps & Servers

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, Mar 16th at 3:00 PM

COVID-19 and the events of the past year have, and continue, to change the way we run our businesses.  While some of these changes are temporary, many will become part of our next normal. For many of us, these changes came in a scramble to work from home.

What IT changes best position your business for the future?

This month’s 3T@3 Webcast, is the second in our “Next Normal” series looking at how we adapt, prepare, and respond to economic, social, and business changes.  

With “Apps and Systems”, we explore how your team accesses the applications, systems, and data they need to succeed, whether in the office or working remotely. We will compare the pros and cons of on-site systems, hosted servers, and cloud solutions with respect to performance, availability, reliability, and security. In doing so, we will discuss options and roadmaps for modernizing your apps and systems infrastructure. 

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