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Microsoft Azure Stack vs OpenStack for Hybrid/Private Cloud Deployments

When it comes to public cloud offerings, few vendors can hold a candle to AWS and Microsoft Azure's dominance in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space. However, neither have offered much in terms of hybrid/private cloud platforms and tools—until now. OpenStack has long filled this void with its open source cloud computing platform, but Azure Stack's arrival may finally spell an end to its dominance in the category.

Filed under: cloud, Azure, IT management, OpenStack

DevOps and Goliath: The Microsoft Toolchain

Most people associate DevOps with open source platforms and applications and with good reason. In the forward for the book Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET, Dave Farley, who literally wrote the book on continuous delivery, writes, “I think it fair to say that some of the initial innovation in the Continuous Delivery space came from the Open Stack community.” But Microsoft has been pushing itself as a viable option for continuous workflows, offering its Azure cloud platform and its Visual Studio Online products as alternatives to Linux-based solutions.

Filed under: devops, devops tools, Microsoft, Azure

Cloud IaaS Provider Roundup: Best of the Best

We’ve been comparing cloud service providers for years now, pitting Rackspace against Azure, Azure against DigitalOcean, DigitalOcean against Linode, and so on down the line to the point that we’re just plum sick of it. Just kidding! Who could ever tire of such a thing? Cloud computing invokes such a rush that it almost takes your mind off of poor, old, dead as an R/C helicopter Radio Shack. And as the cloud space is in constant flux, many of the previous comparisons could be a touch out of date. So we figured our options were either (a) mope around, morosely pondering the inevitability of death and everlasting irrelevance, or (b) hold a Battle Royale to determine the Best Cloud Computing Service for Now and At Least the Immediate Future! 

Filed under: amazon, google, ec2, AWS, cloud, IaaS, rackspace, Azure, digitalocean, Google Compute Engine, SoftLayer, linode

Azure vs DigitalOcean

As with the comparison between AWS and DigitalOcean, this is another example of a giant swiss army knife platform and a smaller, more focused player in the cloud computing arena. As with AWS, Azure offers a breadth of features that you expect from an offering backed by a tech giant, whereas DigitalOcean's product is highly targeted. 

Filed under: Azure, digitalocean

Azure vs Rackspace

Microsoft’s Azure and Rackspace Cloud are two competitors in the hotly contested cloud computing market. Other large players are Amazon’s AWS and Google’s Compute Engine. 

Filed under: cloud, rackspace, Azure

AWS vs Azure

Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure are the big boys of the cloud computing world, even though AWS is much bigger than Azure. How much bigger? Well, AWS’s server capacity is about 6 times larger than the next 12 competitors combined.

Filed under: amazon, AWS, cloud, Microsoft, Azure, IT management