Tue, Jun 8 2010 23:52
Conviction and confusion in Microsoft's cloud strategy
Conviction and confusion in Microsoft's cloud strategy • The Register:
"So, does this all mean Microsoft now "gets" the cloud? There was a telling comment in the press briefing for Windows InTune, a cloud service for managing PCs that is aimed at small businesses. Product manager Alex Heaton had been explaining the benefits: easy management of PCs and laptops wherever they are, and a web application that upgrades itself, no need to install service packs or new versions.
In fact, it seemed better than tools in Small Business Server (SBS) that covers the same area. Should SBS users move over?
"It's an interesting question, when should you use the cloud based versus when should you use the on-premise," said Heaton. "The answer is, if you've already got an on-premise infrastructure that already does most of this, you're pretty much good, there's no reason for you to go to a separate infrastructure."
In reality this is not the case. There are strong reasons for small businesses to migrate to cloud-based solutions because keeping a complex on-premise server running sweetly is a burden. Microsoft is heavily invested in on-premise though and disrupting its own business is risky.
The result is a conflicted strategy."
I have a crappy DSL connection. I have sensititve data. I have needs for a Windows file server, not Azure, but a file server. I see just as many strong reasons for keeping an on premise server.
So when you email Vlad regarding your concerns, issues and business reasons for looking at clouds -- http://www.vladville.com/2010/06/writing-a-book-on-cloud-services.html just remember that there's still a lot of hype out here and we're still separating the hype of a beta product (Intune) from the reality of what is showing that it works (Hosted Exchange with www.ownwebnow.com )
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