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A Chain is only as Strong as it's Weakest Link
There is one technical aspect of Microsoft's "Cloud OS" the article writer did not address and probably is not technically expert enough to address, which is that of the "core" software application of the whole Cloud OS stack - the Windows 2012 Operating System (OS) software.
No amount of completeness, tight or fluent integration of Microsoft Cloud OS services can compensate for the very real and critical weaknesses in Windows OS primarily, and IIS HTTP Server secondarily (along with SQL Server), particularly when compared in every detail of (Cloud Services Required) Robust Reliability, Scalability and Flexibility, adherence to the most critical Open, Internet and International standards Software protocols, and most importantly - an extremely high level of OS and networking Security that meets and or exceeds those set by the US Department of Defense, as one example , in their high security Weapons development operations.
In many comprehensive evaluations and comparisons reports between Microsoft Cloud OS Services and those Cloud Computing Stack based primarily on GNU/Linux and to a lesser degree BSD UNIX-like OS, whether on Amazon EC2 or OpenStack with VMWare V,Sphere, Microsoft has fared badly, which is why the majority of International conglomerates - and Countries' governments - not beholden to Microsoft, as well as entities like Netflix, Verisign, Cisco, all the financial Stock Exchanges internationally, NASA and other major Aerospace organizations, etc, chose and will continue to chose Cloud Computing Services technologies based on these *NIX OS infrastructure. The importance of having an extremely robust, stable and 'utmost' secure OS base cannot be over emphasized.
As one world renowned IBM Fellow and Watson Super Computer senior technologist recent explained, (paraphrasing) “If you build a fabulous "concrete" mansion on top of a "sand/sink hole" foundation, you might as well become a nomad".
Microsoft apolosits to the end
A few commentes mistakenly think that Indian Banks Windows XP users "can" upgrade to newer Windows OS. WRONG!
They would "require" considerably more updated hardware, with RAM - hundreds of $$millions, etc to use newer Windows, and for which most windows XP programs will not work - even with windows 7/8 Professional that supposedly cures that problem.
You guys are delusional Microsoft supporters, as one commenter said - throwing your good money after bad.
The mentality of those running any real "bank" that would rely on Microsoft Windows XP in 2013 should classify them for disaster as an automatic consequence of such ridiculous short-sightedness. First, depending on a very insecure and unreliable software for it's core banking operations in the twenty first century is tantamount to suicide, and second, not planning for and starting process - some years ago - of moving to a better technology infrastructure is crazy.
The bank owners and managers only had to look at developments, with results of such transition moves by banks in the UK, Italy, most of the European and high end Asian banking systems, as well in the USA.
Another very poignant consideration is - what about all the Windows XP “low end” hardware in place that will never handle the upgrade to Window 8x that Microsoft is advocating? Microsoft is correct, these banks face a disaster by needing an additional 3 - 4 billion $$dollars US investment in hardware, networking ans security infrastructure "over" the core software upgrade, just to remain loyal Windows users.
These Indian banks should heed the direction taken and promoted by former Indian President - Zail Singh who advocated for building a national business, educational and science/technology infrastructure on Linux. After all if "every” financial Stock Exchange on the planet, most of the Fortune 1000 financial services firms in USA and a good part of the European Union, Chinese and South American banking systems depend on Linux, why not India.
Quit meaningless emphasis on personal wealth
TheRegister, as well as Forbes Magazine and other Western societies addicted to accounting for and predicting the "most wealthy" persons on the planet, need to immediately stop this charade, since it is not possible for Fortune, Forbes or any other American or Western media to "know" the true wealth of many very wealthy people in other nations, especially in places like Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, South American countries or even in next-door Mexico, home of Carlos Slim.
It is an infantile and futile exercise in American posturing and self importance, particularly with millions of “truly needy” US citizens losing their food assistance.
This article is very interesting and brought back many memories of these disparate and (some) weird Operating Systems software.
However, if one wishes to "replace" Microsoft Windows XP with a fully functional, robust, easy-to-use and supported OS that can be used "at home" or in a business /corporate environment, then none in the article meet such requirements.
I recommend consideration of Zorin Linux, which is a serious and stable effort to provide a more Windows like experience for Windows XP users. Being based on world famous Ubuntu Linux (Note: Ubuntu Factory installed on some Dell and other brand computers) , with" very close" Windows 7 look and feel (at least as legal as possible), and offering commercial upgrades and support, Zorin even includes the Wine implementation that can and does run dozens of "native" Windows (XP, 7) applications, including Microsoft Office - up to 2012, with similar stability to an "all" Microsoft setup.
Microsoft and their thousands of Microsoft technology (sales) Partners are attempting to paint the most bleak picture for XP users to continue on or for moving anywhere else except onto the ridiculously expensive, convoluted and just as insecure Windows 8x platform. XP users should not forget the many thousands of dollars “not” calculated in needed modern hardware and peripherals upgrades, and mandated draconian support contract policies.
Clear thinking and technically astute XP computer users or their knowledgeable and 'client orientated' advisors/ consultants will find the Windows-like or other slightly different User interface (UI) Linux solutions are exceptional good values and better choices as against the Microsoft as usual hollow drama claims.
Simon Sharwood must be playing to a dunce audience when he says " (Microsoft's) Hyper-V has been going from strength to strength, leading to more and more organizations adopting this platform” and uses as verification for his statement that " The Reg has encountered 'PLENTY of OPINION" to back that up.
Opinion on one,repeat one technology blog post has never been and will never be credible or qualifiable for making definitive claims in regard technology adoption. If Mr. Sharwood is a paid or unpaid strong supporter or even a shill of Microsoft, then his misguided sentiments at least can be explained, even if not acceptable. Otherwise his lack of competent journalism without any degree objective integrity should be eliminated from TheRegister pages, once and for all.
Stupid criticism cant' stop Apple
No doubt the Microsoft dupes commenting regularly in technology blogs like The Register and ZDNet will be crying in their baby pens with the news that the new Apple iPhones that they trashed so often and virulently are selling like gang busters in US and around the world.
Hopefully now they will realize that illogically and without facts condemning (Microsoft's) competitors' products and services will not endear consumers to Redmond's offerings, no matter how many hundreds of $millions are lavished on ineffectual ads and paid subtle endorsements in the technology blog media.
Microsoft - Condemning Open Source while thriving from it
If Microsoft does not attempt to either control Hadoop by getting the development board of the Open source Project loaded with their own people or stealing the code designs to eventually bring out their own product -again, then it will be a new day - the end of the World as we know it?, and probably a new CEO at the company.
Microsoft has never accepted the reality that many if not a majority of the very best Internet, Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Operating Systems technologies and innovation emanated from the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) world, therefore it will continue the pariah and draconian efforts to discredit FOSS while at the same time taking everything it can from the ecosystem, possibly without abiding by the legitimate copyright licenses or giving back to these communities.
There is always some stupid excuse made when the USA is found to be unethically if not illegally doing something like spying into the e-mails of heads of States who as claimed by the US government "close allies and partners".
The NSA documented revealed by Edward Snowden show that the NSA spied on President Calderon of Mexico, as well as millions ordinary citizens and even children in Western Democracies. If those making ignorant and snide comments on this blog and nation wide do not comprehend the full implications of such arrogant and ill-conceived actions, then it proves the veracity of the recent international (including respected and prominent US social scientists) comprehensive study showing "adult" Americans scoring substantially below their peers in most developed nations "in Math, Reading and comprehension, as well as Problem Solving/Analytical Skills for non-complicated issues."
Proof positive that (false) superiority complex based on ignorance and unintelligent banter is prevalent here in America.
Re: Windows "Toy" operating systems.
Anonymous Coward - I did not say that "every company" is moving away from Microsoft. I did indicate what Netflix, Verisign, IBM Oracle, Yahoo, Google, Facebook,Amazon, NASA, most of the 27 governments of the European union - representing approximately 4000 million people, Twitter, Linked-In, Every, repeat Every, repeat Every financial Stock Exchange on this earth. most of the Banking systems internationally - meaning the world globe have decided in choosing Linux/FreeBSD overwhelmingly, and in most exclusively versus Microsoft Windows, even 2012 R2 release. Windows Desktop PCs do not count in this topic of Server OS software.
Exactly how many more of the top 10,000 largest corporations, organizations, governments and other planets in the solar system do you need to know about who prefer and chose FreeBSD or Linux, before you stop pulling a few small ISP and other entities out of your head in senseless denial of facts.
No one is talking about absolutes, and asinine, convoluted excuses and arguments just don't cut it.
Re: Why the extra Windows tax?
Who are the "widely considered" entities that say " Azure platform is widely considered to be equal to or better than the other major commercial clouds in performance, availability and scalability."
Unfortunately most of those commenting on these forums supporting Microsoft NEVER,repeat NEVER have any supporting "facts" to offer, just "most peoplesay" , or" I love their Clouds" and other baseless, stupid assertions.
IBM stated that Linux Cloud Services are superior to Windows, Netflix stated that FreeBSD infrastructure, used for Cloud Computing is far superior to Microsoft, with proof of implementation results, Salesforce stated that Linux Cloud technology is vastly superior to Windows cloud technology in every way.Even Dell and HP announced supporting OpenStack Cloud Services over Windows cloud Services, that is until Dell absorbed Microsoft $billions into it's private enterprise buyout.
What is about Microsoft dupes that do not respond to "facts" or "reality"?
It is ridiculous that the 800lb gorilla of fading desktop technology, and one of the wealthiest corporations in the world simply cannot produce any software, or make updates/upgrades without having total catastrophes on almost every occasion. Partial tally: 28 patches a few weeks ago that was in response to previous weeks' patches being "hacked" - twice, 9 Windows and specifically IE9 patches just past fortnight and now this calamity of pulling a critical Windows upgrade.
Those persons considering and/or preferring Microsoft mobile or new Windows products over "any" offering from Apple or premier Android devices are totally nuts and need their heads examined.
Re: Windows "Toy" operating systems.
Those vulnerabilities you indicate on FreeBSD and Linux do not exist in mre modern, later than maybe releases from 2005.
Just recently" Netflix chose FreeBSD over Windows 2012 for securely and efficiently streaming millions of movies to subscribers each week. Their comprehensive Microsoft evaluations failed in every respect of reliability, scalability, flexibility and especially robust security. Verisign, one of the largest Domain Certificate authorities beefed up it's FreeBSD and core infrastructure Linux infrastructure to cope with substantially increased demand and Internet security concerns.
Both of these technology companies, as well as IBM, Yahoo, Fujitsu as well as all the Financial Stock exchanges and many more of the Fortune 1000 have specifically determined that these FOSS Enterprise OS were superior in functions indicated. Two industry respected companies - Juniper Networks and New york Internet have conducted comprehensive evaluations to report to the superiority of FreeBSD and Enterprise Linux over latest Windows in security, reliability and performance.
Your "opinion" compared to the technological experience and expertise of these companies is therefore of no consequence, and particularly without any 'verified, documented technical' supporting and independent reports
Microsoft's continual stumbling and fumbling saga
Microsoft seems incapable of not always stumbling over itself in their mobile and software upgrades and updates operations.
Just within the last ten days or so, they released 28 patches to fix the two previous weeks patch updates that were hacked badly, and very recently introduced 9 Windows 8 and IE patches listed as critical.
By any count the company has released probably more than 100 patches and fixes for patches just in past six months or so. Windows 8 desktop and mobile are nothing more than permanently 'patched' operating systems software. How does it survive?
In August, it was revealed that Windows 8 Mobile has a serious and unfixable Certificate authorization issue and issued "work arounds'.
The company and it's many Microsoft apologist supporters on ZDNet come across as doofus to the rest of the technology world.
Re: Why the extra Windows tax?
This commenter 'defiler' "assumes" that the competitive edge Microsoft would have over Amazon is lowest price to substantially increase Cloud Services revenue. He makes no case, nor could he on the capabilities advantages of Windows Cloud Services over Linux, such as Reliability, Performance, Scalability and particularly strong Security.
Plus, he is forgetting, or has no expert technical knowledge on other aspects of providing a robust Cloud service like the underlying Database infrastructure, proxy services and virtualization support for the many non-Microsoft front end access to Cloud Services required today like Apple and Android tablet edge products that are a nightmare for Microsoft to efficiently provide..
In most if not all apples to apples comparisons of Microsoft Azure versus Amazon, RedHat and/or IBM Linux Cloud Services, it take two to three times more Microsoft based infrastructure in place to come anywhere near the equivalent of the Linux performance, scalability and flexibility advantage.
these are technological considerations that 'defiler' probably has little or no expertise or professional experience with, and therefore makes very simple but uninformed comments about.
Bottom line - lowest price on lower quality, performance and less secure solution is no bargain at all.
critical compoent in Cloud comparisons
One critical aspect of this Microsoft versus Amazon Cloud pricing war is that no mater the paper specifications of Microsoft's Azure Cloud as compared the Amazon's EC2 offering, the underlying technology of Windows Server from Microsoft does not and cannot compare or compete favourably in any way with Amazon's Linux platform in Reliability, Robustness/Performance, Scalability and most importantly Security.
Two noted recent developments underscore this statement:
One, Netflix chose FreeBSD Software and networking services, over any Microsoft offerings, for thousands of 'Appliance' Servers for streaming millions of movies to subscribers every week. Microsoft performed poorly in evaluations.
Verisign, one of the largest Domain Certificate Authorities on the Internet, scaled up it's FreeBSD operations that added to it's Linux infrastructure. Microsoft is less than bit player there.
There are dozens, even hundreds or thousands more stories of small to very large scale technology projects - like two mentioned here, and that include IBM, Oracle, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, NASA, eBAY, all the Financial Stock Exchanges and others that rely on *NIX (Unix and/ or Linux) for their primary OS software infrastructure. Even Dell (maybe not now with MS on board) and HP are offering their own "OpenStack" based cloud Services.
There is little or no coherent or 'truthful' discussion on Microsoft centric forums and blogs even admitting such challenges or considerations
Windows "Toy" operating systems.
After reading a report, taken from the Snowden revelations that the US NSA was spying on "friendly, Democratic" nations, even e-mail of the President of Mexico, it would be incredulous that any government, business or organization in other countries who have any common sense and/or technological competence would implement "shiny new toys" Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 desktop software, not only because these software applications are considerably less reliable, less robust/powerful and less secure (and a lot more costly) when compared to enterprise Linux or BSD solutions like RedHat Enterprise Linux, Suse Enterprise Linux or FreeBSD Enterprise Server solutions, but that Microsoft can still provide the NSA access to their Operating Systems' "back doors" directly, or notify the NSA of OS bugs and vulnerabilities - by which the NSA can surreptitiously' obtain client data.
As the article author noted, "nice toys" and nothing more.
2012 R2 - over-powered by FreeBSD and Linux
There is absolutely nothing, except a few gimmicky add-ons that Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows InTune can do that cannot be done with greater scalability, performance reliability and security than a professionally configured and tuned FreeBSD 9.2 Server setup or RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.4x - and at "a fraction of the cost", aggravation, down-time and patching process one will experience in the new Windows systems. , even for small implementations like those with which I work.
Want proof? Three unimpeachable examples.
The IBM Watson Super Computer that won the Jeopardy Game Show Challenge against the best previous winners, and is now used in designing traffic control systems for some of the largest cities in the world - as only one example - runs Linux. Windows Server was never able to handle the super computing operations required and therefore was never a consideration.
Neflix recently chose FreeBSD Server OS and it's Networking Services to power thousands of Server Appliances at AT&T, Verizon and other national carriers for efficient streaming of millions of movies each week to it's subscribers. Windows Server - the best from Microsoft - failed 'real world' testing and actual in-place operation.
Even more recently, Verisign, one of the largest and most prominent Domain and Certificate Registration corporations worldwide, substantially increased it's FreeBSD operations to add to their substantial and dominant "Linux infrastructure".
Ditto for Yahoo, Twitter and most of the largest technology , financial services firms and Stock Exchanges in the world - meaning outside NY to California.
Those making derisive comments against European Union based Cloud Services are acting just as expected as arrogant but ignorant, self-assured Americans who reject anything in their "nto-mode here" or not dominated by US small mentality.
The recent report of American adults scoring well below their peers in other more developed countries proves this point.
Re: ChromeOS upgrade
Obviouly RyokuMas and those who supported his view are completely ignorant about the difference in English between prognosticating - without sany supporting fact - what "may" happen way into the future and what is "History" - as in what has actually taken place.
There is no wondr that the international report published last week confirmed that American "adults" scored significantly below their peers in most other developed nations in Math, Reading and comprehension, as well as Problem Solving/Analytical skills. That proves that many Americans are stupid, especially in have no ability to understand basic logic much less technology.
Gone to the "dogged"
The commenter "dogged" has absolutely no technical knowledge or understanding of Linux, nor probably any other aspect of technology that requires intelligence and common sense.
Zorin Linux as great option for Windows XP users
Since even Windows 7 and Windows8/8.1 have security flaws, Windows XP users will not necessarily suffer any more security vulnerability by continued use beyond spring 2014.
However, part of the 12 $Billion opportunity for technology providers seeking to take advantage of the Windows XP cessation should be Linux vendors such as Canonical with their Ubuntu distribution and RedHat based CentOS that have already shown excellent desktop options for Windows XP users, particularly the very impressive Zorin Linux that present Windows 7 users find very compelling and easy to use with it's familiar GUI.
Those transitioning to Linux or ChromeOS will also find significantly increased reliability and 'worry free' security, as well as much lower costs that tackling the ever changing and cumbersome Windows 8.1/9/10, or whatever patchy versions of Windows will be in vogue next near.
American Delusion of superiority
While a 'tongue in cheek' comment can be made by the article writer in regard many countries wanting an "equal" status to USA in regard Internet governance, the matter is quite serious and thankfully it has come to pass that the USA fully realizes that they are "NOT" superior or almighty in relations to any other nation as most it's citizens and politicians have falsely believed most of the twentieth century with incessant and crass pronouncements shouted globally over the years of their country being "Blessed by God" and using absurd and stupid terms like "American Exceptionalism" (sic).
The international community obviously cannot be any worse on this issue.
It would never be equl access
The history of Microsoft's business arrangements means that any agreement reached with HTC for installing Windows 8 Mobile (supposedly) "alongside" Android on the Taiwan company's mobile devices, dictates that the terms imposed on HTC will be draconian to the effect that Windows 8 Mobile must be the "default" OS and have more functionality than under Android, even if HTC has to "disable" or "eliminate" many Android features.
That is the nature of the beast!, according to most professional and expert technologists with whom I have spoken.
Many unanswered questions on Surface 2
While Microsoft is crowing about 'sold out' sales on new Surface 2 tablets, although actual "credible" numbers are always elusive from Redmond, the question in minds of many technology buyers, and should be for Delta Airlines is that of Microsoft (not) addressing the many very serious Zero Day and other security vulnerabilities** recently exposed (during last eight weeks) in Internet Explorer and Silverlight for all Microsoft based devices and Windows Mobile 8 itself, that have not been fixed, with one case of Windows 8 Mobile Security certificates not being fixable at all.
it is surprising and ominous that so many Americans and some foreigners - particularly the English that "love" Microsoft, continue to invest in the broken, twentieth century and always-catch up technology from Microsoft that never quite reaches par with their rivals in reliability, quality, value and especially good security. This last criteria is critical.
The Microsoft "Stockholm Syndrome" is definitely holding back a good part of US technology advance.
** See exposing evidence here:
Microsoft cannot change it's character
While the vision of Bill Gates of having "a PC in every home" was basically realized, the methods employed to bring about this reality do not enhance any thought of Bill Gates and company as great technology innovators, particularly since a significant proportion of the company's technology was copied, secunded by devious and draconian business practices and spurious litigation against weaker financially insecure rivals - according to dozens of nationally and internationally respected technologists and from most every credible technology organization and publication.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, the advent of the Internet and World Wide Web in the twenty first century has caught them with their pants down and now are in an always catch up mode, as the company has little or no substantive experience and/or expertise in these areas of technology that today govern every aspect of our lives.
Good luck to Steve Ballmer's successor, in trying to turn a presently very rich but cumbersome and outdated pig's ear into a silk purse.
Re: Cheap hardware BUT
Not surprisingly the commenter making reference to Microsoft SQL Server database offerings forgot to quote from Microsoft offical that "any worthwhile" in-Memory SQL Server2014 or later will be: "for a future SQL Server release."
It never ceases to amaze that Microsoft minions make any attempt to associate their favourite company's technology to the latest software achievements and innovations from competitors which are in reality are an order of magnitude ahead of anthing from Redmond.
There is one aspect of the oversized Microsoft-Nokia story that most all commenters are missing .A significant percentage of the American public still think that Microsoft is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and will therefore automatically purchase their products with $billion new marketing gimmicks.
Furthermore, with the company's recent initiative of actually giving hundreds of thousands of their Surface tablets to USA school systems, as well as potentially dumping tens of millions of low end Win8 smartphones on Asian and African markets, Microsoft may bounce back into relevance.
I have, in more than thirty years in the technology field, seen so many mediocre products and services from Microsoft succeed beyond belief, that I would never discount Microsoft from making good, even if the company new official slogan was "We are going to screw every Microsoft product purchaser with crap products."
These statements about Nokia not being successful without "all" the Google Services in Android are not absolutely true, since Amazon have done exactly well with core Android and their own services.
Continued MS obstruction and foolishness
It is not clear how "smaller" Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) projects - like LibreOffice, Inkscape, Scribus and several excellent 'education' focused software applications will be allowed to run or even accepted by Microsoft Windows 8.1 apps store.
Microsoft is still attempting, albeit very subtly to eliminate FOSS and thus competition from a software ecosystem with which it cannot compete with quality, reliability and higher performance software products.
I sincerely hope - against reality, that most non-simple minded Americans and citizens elsewhere see this ruse for what it is. The draconian UEFI Boot-loader gimmick was the first 21st century block against FOSS Operating System software like Linux and BSD UNIX-like, now the second step of limited good choice of FOSS applications software for Windows 8.x users.
Other than selling Dell servers to Oracle on a large scale for certain 'enterprise' Linux solutions, Dell is firmly committed to supporting only Microsoft software technologies in the enterprise space, basically dismissing RedHat Linux and *BSD UNIX-like OS that recently have been adopted en mass by Netflix and Verisign, amoung others.
These policy and practices decisions are unlikely to provide them with any credible leverage into many US and especially European and South American enterprises and government agencies that are setting preferences and in some instances mandating "Open Standards/Open Source " based solutions into the future.
Strictly American viewpoint on a Global issue
It is possible that a great deal of Cloud Services in USA , servicing clients from other continents will see a decrease in business - $ income - due to NSA illegal and unfounded activities. Whether these European, Asian and South American clients will continue Cloud Services based else where (outside USA) or re-implement greater internal storage and servers is another question.
Speculation of USA IDC and Gartner will never fully account for and truly understand technology issues outside the popular models here in America, and therefore could be completely wrong - again.
Many technology people that I know think it is unfortunate that Steve Ballmer is retiring, preferring him to stay on and continue to balls up the Microsoft stumbling machine that only he knows how to do.
I am confident that Google and Apple are also saddened by his pending departure, as he has led the effort of cementing the iOS and Android supremacy in the mobile world, and confirmed Microsoft as the laughing stock of the "trusted computing" mantra.
Good luck Steve, We will surely miss you, throwing chairs around in rage.
With the whole world turning to Linux and *BSD UNIX-like for their small business all the way up to enterprise server infrastructure, it is bewildering to any sane person why corporations and organizations would stay with Microsoft Server OS at three to four times the initial and long term costs over *NIX - not to mention heart-ache from poor reliability and terrible security, which has been proven over and over again with almost every credible entity in USA, Europe, South America, Asia and elsewhere.
A perfect example is recent choice of FreeBSD by Netflix for streaming millions of movies per day to customers world wide. Windows Server 2012 reportedly could not even get off the ground in trials.
I say "go for it Microsoft", if these doofus companies are that gullible and stupid, why not gouge their pockets.
As was noted in the article, few could justify why one "would" move from VMware on GNU/Linux or other Unix-like operating systems to Microsoft's hyper-v on Windows.
it is my clear understanding from several reports via IBM, Oracle and other large IT firms that the fly in the ointment for Microsoft in convincing - with any facts - clients to transition to their virtualization are the many disadvantages of Windows Server when compared to RedHat Enterprise Linux and other well known Linux and UNIX-like OS which have proven unequivocally up until very recently to be verified more reliable, scalable, flexible and critically more secure than even Microsoft's latest offerings.
Several comprehensive evaluations in the US and Europe, in financial and scienific research sectors show that more established Linux solutions remains substantially more viable and robust against any Windows OS, and that transitions to Microsoft base would carry serious and great risks.
Furthermore the Microsoft solutions are significantly more costly and complicated for shops not "all-Microsoft" than VMWare and KVM virtualization under any circumstances.
God help the poor slobs who converts as result of Gee Whiz marketing efforts of Microsoft and it's empire of eager partners , only to discover there-after that they came up short in scalability, flexibility, performance, security and lowered value (greater outlay) of such a move.
Sheep Merchants and the Microsoft Wolf overseer!
Crackers would have loved a Microsoft company based eCommerce environment as nirvana, where they could exploit the weaknesses in Microsoft security to extract billions from participating merchants and shoppers.
Imagine an on-line customer being informed that their Credit Card accounts was successfully charged for $25,000.00 in purchase of a normally $300.00 Windows PC, and the funds already transferred to a foreign bank.
Microsoft cannot even get control of botnets exploiting their networks and stealing $500 million plus, to end up seeking assistance from FBI.
Actual laws in play for Snowden apprehension
It is unclear just what "Rule of Law" John Kerry states that Russia is breaching. Is it US Law or Russian Law, since the UN Charter cannot override US, Russian, Uruguay or any other sovereign Law, he therefore cannot be quoting any UN regulations that do not apply or have any real affect on a country's constitution.
An international legal expert in Europe has told me just in last few days that declarations and quotes in US media are very misleading, and give the American people a false sense of just what authority and concrete influence their country really has abroad, other than military. These statements basically amount to (toothless) arrogant bravado from US officials.
deceptive story title
The title of this article is conflagrative, in giving an explosive but false and deceptive impression about Apple's connect with Microsoft in regard OS X "speed and security", which was specifically and only for OS X integration into Microsoft 'exclusive' networks and business environments. Nothing else.
The instances of columns in the tech media from Microsoft dupes has become troublesome for the lack of clear, fact based ' dissemination of information and developments regarding modern technology. These Redmond worshipers need to get a grip on life and reality.
Continuing revelations about spying
If it has been confirmed any certified in documents leaked by Snowden that the NSA spied on Hong Kong "government" facilities as well as other "friendly governments of the USA, this will place a severe damper on USA relations with most other developed nations - the always following UK government being one of the major exceptions.
Plus talks between President Obama and the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping about "Chinese hacking of USA corporations and government operations' will be for naught if the leaked documents also show that the NSA hacked computer systems at one of the major universities in Mainland China.
At the very least, these revelations show extent to which US government and people have become paranoid and secretive in light of 9/11 tragedies. Unfortunately all the $billions spent of 'National Security' in this vein has no affect on the possibility of another successful terrorist attack in the future, no matter the level of national defense diligence, since there no guarantees of total prevention.
In one way the terrorist enemies of USA may have gained a victory - in that the extreme actions of a few Anti-USA nutters with very low resources financially could bring a large and powerful country like the USA to a state of seizure and paralyzing fear for more than ten years.
Crass speculation by article author
Article writer Jack Clark has no idea of or technical proof that Amazon's AWS Cloud services are in " fact that OpenStack is several years behind Amazon Web Services in capability" which he therefore most likely concluded because OpenStack is younger in creation and ongoing development than AWS, but that does not indicate or prove in any way possible that such situation represents "less capability".
Unless Mr. Clark provides a expert and comprehensive analysis of technical report (written and verified by third party) fom nationally recognized and respected "non affiliated" research entity concerning direct comparison between AWS and OpenStack, tuned respectively by their developer organizations, then he needs to stop guessing and shut up.
Real push or American bravado!
Unless one can hear the audio exchange between President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China, the reports of Mr. obama's "tough tone" talking points to the Chinese leader ae purely hearsay and American bravado in play.
I remember quite clearly the US media and White House Press claiming that President Bush (2nd) "demanded" that the Saudis enact sactions against Iran, when it was revealed shortly thereafter that the "truth" - via audio tapes from the Saudi Arabian government, clarified that the USA president politely and meekly "asked" the Saudi King to support US efforts in sanctions against this and other countries.
Neither President Bush, nor anyone in his Cabinet, or those that accompanies him on that trip or any other prominent Republican politician ever disputed, to any degree what-so-ever, that the tapes were false or incorrect.
This present situation with the Chinese leader could very well be exactly the same.
OS foundation Software critical to X86 server business growth
Profit margins on the X86 Windows Server business have grown thinner, primarily because of the re-adjusted "real costs" for small business in calculating the inclusion of additional layers of robust and adequate security mandated by the severe intrusion attacks recently in networking and Cloud Computing based on Windows infrastructure.
Therefore unless Lenovo was willing to accomodate significant losses for a period of time to mitigate the X86 business purchase from IBM, or charge customers higher rates which certainly will be difficult in competing with HP and Dell, Lonevo would have no choice in such IBM purchase but to set main foundation of their X86 business on a major Linux (RedHat/Ubuntu ) and/or FreeBSD, and specifically target those international markets hardest hit by world economic recession, and pressing need for greater reliabilty and security capability.
Just recently I spearheaded a detailed and comprehensive Request for Proposal on behalf of a multi location dental practice for a complete technology revamp that included workstations, servers, networking, peripheral equipment, multi-user Dental Practice software rated to strongest and beyond HIPPA security standards, and a complete suite of contracted support services for a two year period. The software can be run on either latest Windows Server 2012, RedHat/CentOS Linux as well as FreeBSD, and can service Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Linux and two main mobile OS clients. The proposals were prepared by a seasoned Microsoft Gold Partner for Windows and an established RedHat/UNIX System Integrator firm for UNIX/Linux solution.
With all the criteria and guaranteed working operation of solutions being tested as generally equal, the RedHat solution was approximately 44% less overall, with inclusion of an additional year of contracted support services to 3 years.This was an income losing deal breaker for the Microsoft Partner, whose included hardware was from a Windows focused and preferred vendor, as was admitted the sales VP.
Can Lenovo and or Dell, HP continue to be at a competitive disadvantage in stagnant US market, or particularly in South and Central America, Europe, Southern Africa and parts of Asia that simply cannot support the exorbitance growing costs of solutions going forward. Even in Cloud Computing environment , a similar distinct difference exists in Windows Azure versus the Amazon AWS and OpenStack based dominant services that are considerable more reasonably priced, not to mention the greater scalability, robustness and better security gained.
Empty content article
Did Phil Muncaster or any other gaga eyed tech media person at Computex ask Microsoft "specifically" what are the advances in security that Microsoft proclaimed in statement ..."With Windows 8.1 we bring new management capabilities and great advancements in security and mobility. "
Why even bother to report this story if in fact it is only a repeat of Microsoft propaganda statements? Experienced, technologically knowledgeable and non Gee Whiz reporters cannot be that difficult for The register to find.
Otherwise I can just read Microdsoft's Press Announcement.
OpenStack elephant in Microsoft's living room
Many of Microsoft's business customers that monitor and/or participate in the company's TechEd and other marketing events must be a little naive and simple minded to "not" know that much of the propaganda that Brad Anderson is spouting has little relationship to realization of other broad based and ideal technology solutions on the ground.
While Microsoft is "supposedly" comparing their Azure Cloud and combined (or separate) Hyper-V virtualization Services offering only to VMWare in costs, they are fully dismissing fact that OpenStack Cloud Services, which is a gigantic and formidable competitor to Microsoft is being provided to thousands of businesses and organizations, even governments from several large technology vendors like Dell, IBM, HP, Oracle, AT&T, Cisco, Yahoo, Juniper Networks, NetApp and many others, including VMWare.
A few of the reasons Microsoft may not have acknowledged OpenStack Cloud technologies to Microsofty clients are (a) the Open and International Standards used by OpenStack - being Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) based - that expose clustomers to a wealth of additional , interoperable add-on services globally available, (b ) that OpenStack Cloud based solutions are considerably more reasonably priced - in apples to apples comparisons, with Azure and (c ) OpenStack, even at this early stage of all enterprise Cloud Services industrywise has proven to be significantly more scalable, reliable and exponentially more secure than the best that Microsoft can offer.
Omitting or ignoring the existence and challenge of this formidable competitor to their technology solutions bespeaks the false arrogance of Microsoft and/or the slow mentality of their customers who might automatically "assume" they are receiving the best solution and and at great prices.
IBM, other with similar offerings for some time
IBM have had their Blade Center S small blade chassis available for some time, with similar type blades/storage/power, eyc configuration capability when to the Dell unit marketed in this article and at reasonable prices.
Was article text prepared by Dell marketing department?
Windows 8.1 missing quality and security functions
All the marketing hype in the world and even via hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and paying technology media shills to propagandize will not change facts on the grouns that Windows 8.1, 9.0 or even 11.0 - if based on same OS infrastructure, of Windows have inherent weak security and reliability/scalability issues that wont be addressed.
There is a tried and true saying - (paraphrasing) - that you can put lipstick on a pig, but you will still not get a Miss america, or even a brilliant one.
For too long corporate America, as well most large organizations here, the US educational system and even the States and Federal governments have thrown almost all of their technological eggs in Microsoft's basket, leaving the company to pry hundreds of billions of dollars from these customers without necessarily providing the best solutions - technologically or in Return on Investment (ROI). These actions have come back to haunt the country via the severe vulnerabilities of technology intrusions experienced recently that President Obama and every one else blames mostly on the Chinese government and is attempting to mitigate this dilemma by "negotiating" with the Chinese "not" to so easily hack our Microsoft infrastructure.
Richard Clark, who was The US Federal Government Cyber Czar under Presidents George Bush and President Obama for a short time, lay much of the blame for this US technological weakness squarely at the feet of Microsoft software. Almost every technology evaluation of software, particularly Operating Systems (OS) have shown that Windows is a very poor choice as compared to for example, UNIX (including *BSD) and particularly Linux, whether for desktops, servers or mobile devices. The results speak for themselves in entities like NASDAQ and other Financial Stock Exchanges and Wall Street operations, NASA, most European municipalities and countries' governments, Russia for their entire education and most of government operations, a majority o countries in South America, Netflix recently and even South Africa and Cuba moving a significant portion of their software away from Microsoft.
It is therefore not surprising that USA is in one of the most fragile positions internationally regarding software security, not because much fantastic technology does not exist or was not created here on this soil, but because of the country's destructive addiction to using failed technology from a large US company. just because the company's founders have risen to be the most wealthy in the world and this makes a fairytale story for the USA to propagate.
What then are the twenty first century benefits in “exceptional” security and great reliability of Windows 8.1 for business (not readily available in Apple Mac OSX or RedHat Linux) ?
Some nitty gritty on Windows Serve 2012, not fluff
The statement by Jeffrey Snover, Windows Server and System Center Lead Architect .." How many of you ever paid for a sorting library? Memory managers? TCP stacks? Now you just get it in the operating system. That is the inevitable progression of our industry." is a foregone reality and the defacto status in *NIX operating systems for decades.
If he meant in saying "...our industry", he was referring strictly to Microsoft Windows, then that point needed to be clarified, since too many Microsoft technologists seem to publicly extrapolate anything technological for Redmond as to automatically (and naively) mean the rest of the "World".
Maybe Mr. Snover can articulate the situation with new ResFS File System in Windows Server 2012, that is apparently an attempt to emulate the capabilities of the incredible (by comparison) Oracle ZFS File System, but according to most all expert reports does not scale anywhere near as well or is as robust as ZFS. There are no tech media pundits, on ZDNet (Microsoft's most trusted and vocal propaganda outlet) or elsewhere who address this particular topic of interest to many of us *Nix-ers.
AMD still 'mentally' stuck to Microsoft
The statement from AMD "..."What is so great about the industry is that we got an ultrathin where the CPU costs $60 and the OS costs $60,...." indicates the same backward thinking displayed by AMD in 1990s in using and accepting "only" Microsoft server software in their reference platform and testing.
Fortunately Intel has moved on and relinquished the Wintel mentality for server considerations and actually test most of their newer Xeons and other Server chips on Linux "first" and more comprehensively before Windows. ARM were mercifully never in the throes of the Redmond 800 lbs gorilla.
AMD are still stuck kissing the butt of Microsoft.
Windows Server 2012 un-competitiveness
Microsoft is aggressively pushing it's Azure Cloud Computing with Hyper-V virtualization, all supported on Windows Server 2012 that has not proven, under any circumstances to be up to the challenge of competing with the likes of RedHat Linux or even FreeBSD OS that are preferred in supporting these leading technologies.
Just recently Netflix chose FreeBSD over Windows under every test for reliability, superior networking performance and scalability, and particularly rock solid security capability to power Networking Applicances for streaming millions of movies to clients each month. Every financial Stock Exchange in USA and internationally, particularly London Stock Exchange had thoroughly tested and found Windows Server, including 2012 to be inferior to RedHat linux for the significantly important trading functions that oversee billions of trades each hour involving hundreds of billions of dollars. They obviously could not entrust such critical technology base to a Microsoft product.
Windows Server 2012 maybe an improvement over Server 2008, but is not match for the incredible *NIX operating systems (OS) software that rightly dominate the server landscape today.
Google "capitalism" no different than that of Microsoft or Apple
Ed Miliband 's rant against Google busniess practices in the UK should be tempered with the reality of practices from both Microsoft and Apple in the same accord. However since the extreme "Tax avoidance" practices are of little concern tor paid-for-allegience politicians here in the USA, it is unlikely his objects will gain any reasonable support in UK, since Google, Microsoft, Apple and almost every other large US company will have bought and paid for Members of Parliament as well.
Good luck with securing fair tax incomes for Brits from the ultra greedy capitalist corporations.
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