Amazon's Cloud Business growing fast, creating surplus


Amazon announced details about their Q2 earnings yesterday. Their cloud business grew with incredible 81%. This is massive, given the fact that Amazon is already the number #1 company in that area. This quarter, they earned 1.8 billion USD from cloud computing. Summing up this number, their revenue would definitively reach some 7 billion this year. However, if this growth continues to increase so fast, I guess they could even get double-digit by the end of this year. Will Amazon reach 10 billion in 2015? If so, this would be incredible! Microsoft stated that their growth was somewhere well above the 100% mark, so I am interested in where Microsoft will stand by the end of the year. But what does this tell us? Both Microsoft and Amazon are growing fast in this business and we can expect that we will see many more interesting services in the coming month and years in the Cloud. My opinion is that the

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Microsoft Skydrive sync problems on Mac OS


I recently updated my Skydrive to the newest version on Mac OS X. I am using 10.8.3 (Mountain Lion). However, I came across a sync issue with Skydrive. The program seemed to stop working, the Skydrive Icon was only gray. I then looked at the forums and it turned out that this is due to a verisign host header entry. To solve this issue, simply do the following: 1. Start the Terminal. You can get there by opening the Launchpad and type “Terminal” 2. In the terminal, run nano (the editor for OS X). It needs to have additional rights (sudo). Start nano with the hosts header, with the following command: $ sudo nano /private/etc/hosts 3. Scan the file for “ctrl.verisign.net” and comment that out by adding a # at the beginning of the file. 4. save the file and quit. 5. restart Skydrive and it should work again.      

Interview #3 with Mario Szpuszta, Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure


This is the last part of the interview with Mario Szpuszta, who works with Microsoft as Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure. Mario’s answers are stated with [MS], the questions are marked with [MMH]. The Interview is divided into several parts and will be published over the next weeks. [MMH] Since you do a lot in Europe and your main partners are here as well. What problems do you see in Europe with Cloud Computing? [MS] I think in Europe you can most often bring it down to legal and compliance. Everyone brings that on the table and very often uses that as arguments for not going to the cloud. [MMH] Do you think that some of these problems will go away over time? [MS] Well, I think it will get easier and it started getting easier, already! Cloud vendors are investing a lot in certifications and the like to make sure they are more compliant with regional data regulation and compliance policies. E.g. on

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Interview #2 with Mario Szpuszta, Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure


This is the second part of the interview with Mario Szpuszta, who works with Microsoft as Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure. Mario’s answers are stated with [MS], the questions are marked with [MMH]. The Interview is divided into several parts and will be published over the next weeks. [MMH] So a major feature was the persistent VM Role. This is basically Infrastructure as a Service. Why is Microsoft now also providing an IaaS Platform? [MS] The official name is Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Well, we decided to provide IaaS capabilities to make it easier for many companies with legacy applications to also move to the cloud. Still the primary strategy is PaaS as we believe that is the most effective way for operating your own applications in the cloud. But for many companies and ISVs it is hard to make the direct move to PaaS with all the implications. IaaS enables them to move to the cloud faster and think about approaching

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Interview with Mario Szpuszta, Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure


This is the first part of the interview with Mario Szpuszta, who works with Microsoft as Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure. Mario’s answers are stated with [MS], the questions are marked with [MMH]. The Interview is divided into several parts and will be published over the next weeks. [MMH] Hi Mario, Thanks for your time to do this interview with you. Can you briefly explain the audience what your job with Microsoft is about? [MS] Hey Mario! It’s great to get the chance for an interview with the Cloud Computing Journal and to meet you for that purpose again. Currently I am working as a Platform Strategy Advisor and Technical Evangelist for the EMEA Windows Azure ISV Incubation Team. In my role I do work with independent software vendors (ISV) to build new or migrate their existing products to cloud-based offerings running on top of Windows Azure. I work with the ISVs from both, a business as well as a

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Announcement: New E-Book – Amazon Web Services for .NET Developers


I am happy to announce that my new E-Book is in stores now! The book is 85 pages in lenght and the target for the book is to provide an overview of Amazon Web Services for .NET Developers. The E-Book by “developer.press” is called “Shortcut” and aims at delivering this topic in one or two evenings to read right after work. The book starts with a description of the service categories offered by Amazon with a brief description of available services. Due to the fact that Services are released often and the book authoring timeframe is about 3-6 month, services such as Amazon Glacier are not yet included. The other 6 chapters focus entirely on building an Application with AWS. Amazon Elastic Beanstalk is used with Asp.NET MVC. Next, a focus on S3, SQS, DynamoDB and Amazon EC2 is given. Subscribe to this channel to get updates about the book. You can download the Source Code here. The book is

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