Microsoft’s Late, but Aggressive Entry into IaaS

Microsoft announced the launch of their Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS) to complement their cloud portfolio and claw back market share. The announcement of GA hit the web with fanfare but on Microsoft standards it was a tame one, and a fairly late entry to the IaaS parade.

The biggest insight we can pull is that they too believe infrastructure should be dirt cheap and competitive with AWS, claiming a “commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage, and bandwidth.” The launch included price cuts of 21% and 33% on actual VM (and Cloud Services) pricing.
 

OpenStack Growing Up, Pushing Federation Forward

Rackspace announced plans to build and launch a Global Cloud Network, read: a white label channel program for IaaS. Service providers and telcos can join up to offer cloud services deployed using Rackspace’s flavor of OpenStack with additional training and tools. But is Rackspace really ready to go all in for federated clouds?

VMware and Canonical are collaborating to enable users to deploy VMware technologies (vSphere with Nicira Network capabilities) in conjunction with Canonical’s OpenStack distribution. Cloudscaling also partnered with Juniper Networks to deliver new functionality through their elastic cloud infrastructure solution.
 

Happiness in the Cloud for Healthcare, Hospitality Industries

We love seeing people explore the vertical, and talk about real use cases of cloud. This past week we read from Xath Cruz that the hospitality industry is a great fit to adopt cloud services in order to improve customer’s experiences, with personalize apps to increase loyalty and convenience.

Neil McEvoy, of CanadaCloud.net will also be talking about BYOD (Bring Your Own Doctor) at the eHealth Summit (May 1-3, Orangeville, Ontario – Invite Only) to discuss how consumer empowerment through cloud, mobile, and ever-present data has changed and how “patient expectations of their healthcare providers are very different from what they were just a few years ago.”
 

Inflating Expectations: AWS Expected Revenue $20B by 2020

Investment Firm Bernstein Research has recently valued expected revenues by AWS to reach $20 billion by 2020. The rapid growth of cloud adoption plays a key part in their growth. Berstein estimates “AWS is worth $24 billion, 13 times its approximate $1.8 billion in revenue (Amazon does not break out revenues for AWS)” currently and due to rapid expansion, still has plenty of room to grow.

So who can crunch what one object in S3 is valued at? It took Amazon about 6 years to reach one trillion objects in S3 storage, but going from 1 trillion to 2 trillion took them under a year.
 

Alcatel-Lucent Expands Channel for UC Services

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALU-E) is set to release a wide set of solutions with which partners will be able to offer hosted unified communications services. With OpenTouch Enterprise Cloud and OpenTouch Office Cloud, ALU-E  will have separate offerings for enterprise and SMB customers. Most of the selling will be conducted through channel partners, and partners expect their first customers by May later this year.