ThousandEyes assesses the key performance differences between AWS, Azure and GCP

Plenty of factors have to be taken into account when choosing a cloud provider, from performance to price and everything in between. Indeed, many organisations have gone ahead of this process and are now weighing up more than one cloud provider, assessing which workloads fit best.

When it comes to the combination of price and performance, companies

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

AWS hits $6.7bn in quarterly revenue – as the biggest cloud infrastructure players get even bigger

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit almost $6.7 billion (£5.2bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter – up almost 10% from the previous quarter and marking a 45% jump from this time last year.

Despite Amazon’s overall figures being a slight disappointment for investors and analysts – shares dipped in after-hours trading after total quarterly revenues of $56.6bn missed the $57.1bn target – AWS continues to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft cites Azure and cloud strength for more strong financials – but it’s all about the long-term ethos

It would not have been beyond the realms of possibility for this publication to open its analysis of Microsoft’s Q119 results by simply providing a link to Q418 and leaving it at that. After all, Redmond’s message has barely changed. Whereas July’s headline was ‘Microsoft Cloud...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google infrastructure-centric: Why the cloud is increasingly ‘magic’

Opinion We hear the term ‘the year of the cloud’ many times. I profess that it is ‘the decade of the cloud’ – and what’s more, we haven’t even really started yet.

Having been in the cloud industry for more than 12 years, and had a wealth of opportunity to engage with business across vertical sectors – from small local businesses to global enterprises and across geographic regions...

By Ian Moyse, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How to make Amazon Web Services highly available for SQL Server

Mission-critical database applications are often the most complex use case in the public cloud for a variety of reasons. They need to keep running 24x7 under all possible failure scenarios. As a result, they require full redundancy, which involves provisioning standby server instances and continuously replicating the data. Configurations that work well in a private cloud may not be possible in the public cloud. And providing high availability can incur considerably...

By Dave Bermingham, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Microsoft makes Azure Data Box generally available for heavy duty data migration

More and more enterprise data is being transferred to the cloud, but sometimes the journey can break the network's back - which calls for less virtual and more physical solutions.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Data Box, a physical box which organisations can order, fill up, and then return to Redmond for it to be uploaded to an Azure environment. 

Companies and users can store up to 100 TB per standard box, with variables either way. The newly announced Data Box Heavy can...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hardware, Microsoft.

Microsoft digs down on Azure outage, explores data loss and failover question

Microsoft has put together a post-mortem on what it described as an 'unprecedented' Azure outage - exploring an interesting question of data loss and failover capability.

The outage, which affected customers on the VSTS - or Azure DevOps - service in the South Central US region, required more than 21 hours to recover all facilities, as well as an additional incident regarding a database which went offline taking another two hours to resolve.

As the status page - which originally went down with the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft sees it all come together in financials as Azure revenues go up 89% year on year

It’s becoming a rather shop-worn tale – but for another quarter, Microsoft has cited cloud success as key to its financial results.

And why not? For Q418, Microsoft posted revenues of $30.1 billion (£23.1bn), an increase of 17% on this time last year. Total revenue for the year was $110.4bn, an uptick of 14% on 2017. For the various buckets into which Microsoft divulges its revenues, ‘intelligent cloud’ was at $9.6bn – up from $7.8bn the previous year – while...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Walmart and Microsoft team up for five year strategic cloud deal

Walmart is making Microsoft its preferred cloud provider – with machine learning and artificial intelligence a key focus.

The two companies – both rivals of Amazon – have signed a five year strategic partnership deal with Walmart looking to utilise ‘the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions’, as the retailer put it.

A ‘significant portion’ of walmart.com and samsclub.com will be migrated to Azure, including its cloud-powered checkout, while Walmart and...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

10 signs your clients need to deploy Azure

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of services to help an organisation meet business challenges. Azure is a cloud platform for building, deploying and managing services and applications, allowing you and your clients to meet all your needs through all their services, within one platform.

Their on-premise servers are out-of-date

Operating on out-of-date servers is like driving a rusty old car. First you lose a wing mirror, then a door panel until you’re left in the street clutching nothing more...

By Craig Joseph, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Kubernetes Services

Those who attended or watched Cisco Live’s opening keynotes earlier this week – or indeed read our story on it – will have recognised the importance of Kubernetes to attendees with Google Cloud’s cameo being a particular highlight.

Now Microsoft is making waves of its own – with the general availability of its Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS).

The move will see...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microservices, Microsoft, Platform.

Office 365 usage goes up and up leaving G Suite behind, says research

Microsoft Office 365 usage continues to accelerate significantly across organisations of all sizes while Google’s G Suite languishes in comparison, according to new figures from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its 2018 Cloud Adoption Report, analysed software usage of more than 135,000 companies globally and found Office 365 continues to rule the roost.

56.3% of the more than 135,000 companies analysed were users, compared with only a quarter (24.8%) for G Suite. The latter has...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Microsoft, Research, Software.

Gartner’s 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant: Google joins leaders’ zone as only six vendors make cut

Google has clambered into the leaders’ section of Gartner’s latest infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, while the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

The annual report concluded that the cloud IaaS market is now a three-horse race in the top right box, with the leaders’ zone not being an Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft-only area for the first time since 2013.

Indeed, Gartner hacked away many of the fringe players for the latest Quadrant. Only six companies...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud hyperscaler capex spend goes into overdrive in Q1, argues Synergy

If you want to challenge the leading cloud infrastructure providers, you are going to need some seriously deep pockets. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, hyperscaler cloud capex spending hit a record $27 billion (£20.1bn) in the most recent quarter.

The top five spenders in the industry remain Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, with Alibaba, IBM, JD.com, NTT, and Tencent comprising the top 10.

Google kicked off the quarter by announcing

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Concern over cloud storage security remains says Spiceworks – but good news for OneDrive

One in four respondents to a survey from IT community Spiceworks say they remain unconvinced by cloud storage security – with Microsoft OneDrive holding firm as the most popular service.

The study, which polled more than 500 respondents from organisations across North America and Europe, found more than half (51%) are currently using OneDrive, compared with 34% for both Google Drive and Dropbox, going down to 13% and 6% for Apple iCloud Drive and Box...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Research, Security, Software, Storage.

Microsoft Azure pricing 101: Tips and tricks

Microsoft Azure, like many other cloud service providers, have built their billing and subscription models on a pay-per-use basis, i.e., if you use one hour of CPU time you pay for the hour you have consumed. No more, no less.

This basic economic principle forms the foundation of most public cloud services. However, the implementation of this simple concept can be quite complex and intricate. This is especially true if the...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

AWS and Microsoft bask in strong financials – but is AI the battleground for the next ‘cloud wars’?

Amazon and Microsoft have joined IBM and Google in reporting its quarterly numbers – and the good news just keeps on coming for the hyperscalers and the cloud market in general.

Amazon announced total revenues of $51 billion (£36.9bn) in the first quarter, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) contributing $5.4bn (£3.94bn), or 10.6% of all revenues. This compares favourably with this time last year, AWS hitting $3.66bn of total revenues of $35.7bn in Q117, with AWS passing $5bn for the first time

By James Bourne, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Economy, Google, Microsoft, Vendors.

HPE acquires RedPixie to add Azure skills to its cloud consulting arm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the acquisition of London-based RedPixie to further bolster its cloud consulting expertise.

RedPixie’s vision, in the company’s own words, is ‘to go beyond technology, building and managing Azure hybrid solutions for clients in financial services.’ The company was founded in 2010 and comprises a team of business consultants, cloud architects and data scientists.

The acquisition will fall under the remit of HPE Pointnext, the...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft, Migration.