A Close Look At Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, Part 2: The Offering

In our previous article (the first in a two part series), we looked at some of the trends in cloud computing. To recap, cloud computing is expected to grow at a robust pace in 2016. The primary driver for this growth are the cost benefits of outsourcing the hard- and software required for technology based services, which in turn depends on the state of global economy. Cloud-based services comprise Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service and all three are projected to experience healthy demand. Microsoft currently provides services for two of the three segments (IaaS and PaaS) through its Azure offering. And it offers the third (SaaS) separately on Azure via applications such as Office 365, X-box Live, Bing, etc. In this article, we will look at Azure platform from Microsoft.


AWS glitch strikes Netflix and Tinder, offering a wake-up call for others

Netflix, Tinder, and other major websites were affected for a time Sunday by glitches in Amazon Web Services’ Northern Virginia facility, offering a cautionary lesson to other companies that rely on the cloud service for mission-critical capabilities.

The problem manifested itself primarily in the form of higher-than-normal error rates. Sites affected reportedly also included IMDb and Amazon’s Instant Video and Books websites.

At the heart of the snafu were issues with AWS’s DynamoDB database, but it spread to include other services such as EC2, the mobile-focused Cognito service and the CloudWatch monitoring service, according to the AWS Service Health Dashboard.

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