I really enjoyed reading this latest FUD piece out of Redmond, which is a response to the recent VMware Hybrid Cloud announcement — although it does have a sort of desperate, blown-gasket feel to it.
TL;DR takeaway: As of yesterday, innovators are forbidden to release new products or services for their customers. Sorry. Too late.
And that’s very convenient for Microsoft, especially when it comes to cloud computing and virtual infrastructure. I mean, if you look at some of the crazy things they were trying to do in order to be relevant in the past, such as peddle enormous cloud “appliances” that nobody wanted. But it’s fine, because they killed that off just prior to the cutoff date.
And oh, speaking of flailing cloud strategies… lucky for the Azure team that they kind of almost finally have their IaaS offering sorted out in 2013 with the VM Role. I mean Azure VMs. Or is that in beta — a.k.a. “Preview” — still? We’ve all lost track.
That article also does a lot of bragging about experience running public cloud services, for good reason — they have amassed broad expertise in dealing with issues such as SSL certificate expiration, air conditioner firmware upgrade failures, and leap year glitches. Huge competitive advantage, for sure.
For some, I would imagine that rebooting the cloud every Patch Tuesday really is “good enough” — others prefer a more reliable foundation than Microsoft Windows.
Don’t “Go Turbo” on us, Microsoft…