Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jan 2010 23:52 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard today announced a three-year $250 million partnership to simplify IT environments through a wide range of converged hardware, software, and professional services solutions. This is a broad agreement with many components, building on the 25-year Microsoft-HP partnership, which works toward new models for application delivery, hardware architecture, and IT operations. The goal is to deliver the "next generation computing platform" by leading the adoption of cloud computing.
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RE: Wasted Money
by Yamin on Thu 14th Jan 2010 05:57 UTC in reply to "Wasted Money"
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can i have some of what you're smoking?

How do you turn a simple initiative to simply management of cloud computing. Most businesses will not be using Azure to solve complex parallel problems. They might use it as a simple way to host databases and web apps.

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RE[2]: Wasted Money
by Mapou on Thu 14th Jan 2010 07:00 in reply to "RE: Wasted Money"
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Most businesses will be using cloud computing to run parallel applications in the future. Why? because that is where computing is going. Why should any business invest millions in a system that is not built from the ground up to support parallel applications in a secure and reliable environment? And why should anybody invest in infrastructure that is bound to be obsolete the minute it becomes operational? That's pure lunacy.

The industry has an unprecedented opportunity to abandon a flawed and incredibly insecure software paradigm and do things right for a change. But I am not holding my breath. It's a sure bet they're going to f*ck it up the best they can, as they've been doing for the last half century.

I say it's time to throw away all that old uncomfortable and flimsy furniture and change to something better. But, by all means, if you can get a piece of that 250 million, do not let me stop you. Just don't say you weren't warned when some unknown startup pops out with a solution that blows everybody out of the water, Microsoft, HP and Intel included. And there shall be much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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RE[3]: Wasted Money
by shotsman on Thu 14th Jan 2010 08:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Wasted Money"
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Most businesses are very conservative when it comes to risk.
Cloud Computing is the latest 'hot thing'. Many 'hot things' have come and gone over the years. Many have simply died a death. I can remember one hugely hyped 'hot thing' called 'The Last One'. Billed as the only program you would ever need.

Frankly, if I proposed using cloud computing to any of my customers i'd be laughed out of the door unless the cloud was hosted inside their business. Then they'd take great pleasure in pointing out the similarity between the Cloud and how their old Mainframes used to work.

For me, Cloud Computing does not have (At this point in time) a compelling USP. Until it does then this technology will remain in the infants school and be nowhere near graduating into the mainstream.

I recon that this deal between MS & HP will result in one of two things.
a) It dies a slow withering death like many previous MS & xx colaboration projects.
b) MS will take over and what bit of crappy software emerges will be the thing that MS salesmen hupe to death. HP will get no benefit from this whatsoever. MS will claim that they invented Cloud Computing and some businesses will rush to implement the MS version of the could only to find themselves left high & dry when because it didn't reach the outlandish profit marging expected MS cans the whole thing like the did with 'Plays for Sure'

Yes, I'm very sceptical about this. I will be very pleasantly surprised if this succeeds. I fully expect some startup to emerge with it done right. Then it will be bought by one of the big boys who will ruin it all and the end users are no better served than before.

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RE[3]: Wasted Money
by Yamin on Thu 14th Jan 2010 15:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Wasted Money"
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Since industry is so 'screwed up'... why don't you show the world what you can do.

Get out there, start a company, and relieve us from this hell we are in, but don't recognize.

If Google can start up from scratch in someone's garage, don't tell me, it's not possible to take on the big boys.

Put your money, time, and effort where your ideas are.

As for me, I see little problem with how things are working now or where they are headed. For the rare complex parallel tasks... we have the trend towards the GPU-CPU. The rest is left on our regular sequential machines and distributed work loads.

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