Indian Conglomerate Turns to Microsoft Azure

Essar Group is a large, Mumbai-based company with US$17 billion in revenues, operations in 25 countries, and interests in steel, energy, power, communications, shipping ports, logistics, and construction. It is also migrating toward the cloud with some of its Web-based apps with Microsoft Azure, according to company CTO Jayantha Prabhu.
“With Windows Azure, we don’t have to spend money on hardware and software, and we don’t have to spend time on administrative tasks related to infrastructure,” he says. “A scalable, well-defined platform gives us much fewer problems to solve and more time to focus on the overall experience of the application.”
Prabhu says the company “can obtain the benefits of both public and private cloud computing” with Azure, providing on-demand computing and storage when needed through Microsoft datacenters.
Essar has been working with Microsoft Gold Certified Partner MindTree to migrate four of its apps – reporting, visitor-management, and gate-pass systems – and values the flexibility it says it’s gained along with “a lower total cost of ownership compared with an on-premises solution,” according to Prabhu.

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Cloud Foundry vs Google App Engine

PaaS is nothing but uploading your small kernel of code with business logic and the PaaS service provider will run that code on allocated computing and storage instances. The aim of PaaS is to let the developers concentrate on developing their code rather than creating and maintaining their ecosystem required for it. When Google launched App Engine in 2008 it had very basic functionalities but gradually it has evolved to support much good functionality like Channel APIs. But when it comes to language support, selection of cloud, selection of database, control over database, Cloud foundry gives great amount of flexibility as compared to App Engine. Also, when it comes to supporting Java packages also, Google App Engine doesn’t allow developers to free their arms as there are quite a few important packages which are still not part of App Engine’s white list.

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Cloud Expo New York: The Distributed and Decentralized Cloud

While many companies are leveraging Cloud Computing to limit their infrastructure and footprint, the reality is cloud computing is driving a massive data center build out. In fact, this data center expansion is growing at an unprecedented scale and is not sustainable based on the parallel growth in data and storage requirements. This is ironic given the spirit of the Internet is decentralized, distributed architecture, where global bandwidth, processing power, content and infrastructure are accessible via the largest peer-to-peer network in history.
In their session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Margaret Dawson, Vice President of Marketing for Symform, and Praerit Garg, President and Co-founder of Symform, will challenge the audience to think about their own infrastructure and cloud strategy with a distributed filter. They will review distributed cloud models you can leverage today, as well as discuss the inherent benefits and challenges of a decentralized approach. This is a vendor-agnostic session with no product pitch.

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Is AWS Marketplace an Oversimplification of the Cloud?

Recently Amazon Web Services has launched the AWS Marketplace. It is certainly a welcome move that brings all the available software on Amazon EC2 under one roof. This is especially good for ISVs to get visibility and become more accessible to potential customers. The interface inherits the classic look and feel of Amazon shopping experience […]

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Can the Internet Survive Privacy?

Bear Threat © by Mrs. Gemstone

Lately some have been suggesting that the internet is at risk. Much if not all of the hoopla stems from a recent interview with Sergey Brin from Google (GOOG). Brin says the biggest threats come from government crackdowns, attempts to control piracy, and “the rise of ‘restrictive’ walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.”

If you look at the arguments, they essentially break down to “If Google can’t spy on your every behavior, then the internet will collapse.” This is because all information in applications that aren’t web-based can’t be crawled by web crawlers, and user behavior inside the application also cannot be monitored.

It sounds pretty ridiculous, when you think about it. People have been using applications for years on the desktop. Some of them are local to the desktop …

News Round-Up 4/28/2012: OpenStack vs. CloudStack Continues, U.S. Policy Creates Barriers, API Economy and more


There have been some exciting announcements and fascinating news articles recently regarding cloud services and service providers. Every week we will round up the most interesting topics from around the globe and consolidate them into a weekly summary.

OpenStack vs CloudStack: The Next Big Rivalry is in the Clouds

The competition between OpenStack and CloudStack continues to dominate cloud news. Will this be the next big rivalry or will the conflict resolve?


OpenStack Optimism Overrides Confusion

Wired sifts through the confusing developments from the last few weeks with the OpenStack platform and determines the future is bright despite the clatter and din.


How U.S. Policy Creates Barriers for Cloud Providers

“As cloud storage competition heats up, providers in the United States may want to start lobbying for better data protection laws if they want to remain competitive.”


Late To The Cloud? Hardly

With cloud being the biggest buzzword of the last couple years it’s understandable to feel like it’s too late to adopt a cloud strategy. Michael Fauscette explains why it’s not too late to get in the game.


The API Economy – Tapping into Identity and the Inside-Out Enterprise

Informative slideshow from Steven Willmott from the API Economy Session at EIC 2012 that provides a great snapshot of the huge potential for API’s.



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McNealy & Schwartz Testify for Opposite Sides in Java Trial

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy, an off-again-on-again buddy of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, testified for Oracle Thursday in its infringement suit against Google and Android.
His surprise appearance – in the middle of Google’s laying out its copyright defense – was used to scotch testimony given minutes before by his pony-tailed successor at Sun Jonathan Schwartz who testified for Google. (It’s just so utterly Sun.)
As in all jury trials the decision could come down to personalities.
From the industry’s point-of-view it’s the first – and long-overdue – time McNealy has publicly butted heads with Schwartz whose appointment as Sun CEO is at least as unfathomable as why HP ever let Mark Hurd go.

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Cloud Computing and Big Data – It’s the Applications!

“While there is still a lot of interest in Big Data Analytics, we see an increasing focus on Big Unstructured Data,” observed Tom Leyden, Director of Alliances and Marketing at Amplidata, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. And, Leyden continued, “Object storage is the new paradigm to store those massive amounts of Big Unstructured Data.”
Agree or disagree? – “While the IT savings aspect is compelling, the strongest benefit of cloud computing is how it enhances business agility.”

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