Microsoft as Cloud Hosting and Storage Provider
Microsoft is a good cloud hosting and storage provider today in the market and growing day by day. But Microsoft cloud has to go too far to compete with the cloud king Amazon. Amazon cloud hosting and storage is many fold ahead of Microsoft cloud. Beside Amazon, there are a lot of competitors of Microsoft cloud hosting like Rackspace, CenturyLink, SalesForce, Verizon, Joyent, Citrix, Bluelock, VMware etc. Other big fishes in cloud computing market are Google, Apple, IBM and so on. If Microsoft's cloud has to get rid of all these competitors, Microsoft has to excel in the cloud computing in all ways like cloud hosting and storage, cloud pricing, availability etc.
Microsoft claims 100,000 businesses are using its various online cloud computing services. Lets see what Microsoft is doing to go ahead of its cloud competitors like Rackspace, Salesforce, Google and Amazon.
Recently, Microsoft and Oracle joined hands to work together to make their cloud hosting and cloud storage services more efficient to excel its cloud competitors.
Microsoft and Oracle’s collaboration would attract customers seeking more technical compatibility between products. Oracle plans to support versions of its database and Java software that customers run through the online Azure service. Microsoft will offer Oracle's Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, while Oracle will also make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers.
The alliance with Microsoft lets Oracle offer its customers the option of sticking with its database and middleware at a time when businesses are moving more of their software to cloud-computing services.
Microsoft and AT&T have teamed up to give Azure customers a private network-like linkage through AT&T's NetBond service. NetBond uses an AT&T multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network to establish a VPN over the Internet from the customer to Azure.
A customer can send workloads and data over the VPN to an Azure data center, rather than using only the public Internet. Azure's compute and storage services may be accessed through the NetBond linkage.
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