Cloud Computing

I’ve been going on quite a bit recently about the changes in the economics of delivering software as a service, particularly relating to Cloud Computing – which leads me to a great article that came out this weekend from the New York Times, on the impending battle between Google & Microsoft.

SynthaSite launched our Alpha on Amazon’s EC2 cloud, and it held up perfectly – although it was not easy to scale the application architecture and we’re going to work on that – so in the interim we’re using some standard servers while we build out our virtualization infrastructure.

The future of the software is certainly in the cloud and delivered through the browser – Microsoft is not arguing about that – but they would prefer to ensure that it’s tied to the desktop in some way (and obviously IE). With the fragmentation that’s occurring as a desktop level (Linux, Mac, Ubuntu, etc), I doubt that this is a good long term strategy (in fact, they’re actually missing the plot totally) – especially given what a flop Vista is. That said, the article above is a great read!

The thing that really concerns me, is that if Microsoft really believes that applications should live in the browser – then why do they build IE only applications (such as Office Live). It’s really frustrating to not have cross browser compatibility – the browser is the new operating system, believe it or not…

Comments

  1. _Coderoid_ says:

    “the browser is the new operating system, believe it or not…”…true, Vinny. The sooner MS gets the picture as to where the future of services lies, the better for them (and users, of course).

    I’m sure that improvements in hardware efficiency and pricing will allow services such as Amazon’s EC2 to be scaled at cheap rates. Then MS and other tech titans will realize how formidable the web is as a platform.

  2. _Coderoid_ says:

    “the browser is the new operating system, believe it or not…”…true, Vinny. The sooner MS gets the picture as to where the future of services lies, the better for them (and users, of course).

    I’m sure that improvements in hardware efficiency and pricing will allow services such as Amazon’s EC2 to be scaled at cheap rates. Then MS and other tech titans will realize how formidable the web is as a platform.

  3. Martin says:

    Hi Viny, interesting post. I’d like to learn more about your experience with EC2.

    But as for MSFT and where they believe the application should live, I think they truly understand and believe it’ll live in the browser. On a financial point of view they’re simply trying to maintain their revenue base from their desktop applications as long as possible.
    As soon as they open it to other browsers their revenues will start declining rapidly. So in my point of view they know very well what they do; pushing back as long as they can opening up everything in other browsers.

  4. Martin says:

    Hi Viny, interesting post. I’d like to learn more about your experience with EC2.

    But as for MSFT and where they believe the application should live, I think they truly understand and believe it’ll live in the browser. On a financial point of view they’re simply trying to maintain their revenue base from their desktop applications as long as possible.
    As soon as they open it to other browsers their revenues will start declining rapidly. So in my point of view they know very well what they do; pushing back as long as they can opening up everything in other browsers.

  5. Vikas Hazrati says:

    Don’t know if this is the right place to ask but ” What is the difference between cloud computing and grid computing?”

    Answer , any links would be helpful

  6. Vikas Hazrati says:

    Don’t know if this is the right place to ask but ” What is the difference between cloud computing and grid computing?”

    Answer , any links would be helpful

  7. MSN hacken says:

    I don’t believe really the browser will be the new operating system. I think that browsers need to be more mobile compactible.

  8. MSN hacken says:

    I don’t believe really the browser will be the new operating system. I think that browsers need to be more mobile compactible.

  9. Ann Silverstone says:

    Thanks Vinny,
    Very good point !
    Also wanted to mention, that there’s
    Cloud Computing Group in LinkedIn.
    If you are interested in future directions of Cloud Computing, please join the group at http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/61513/6213F13BB1AA

    For discusssion join mailing list at http://groups.google.ca/group/cloud-computing

  10. Ann Silverstone says:

    Thanks Vinny,
    Very good point !
    Also wanted to mention, that there’s
    Cloud Computing Group in LinkedIn.
    If you are interested in future directions of Cloud Computing, please join the group at http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/61513/6213F13BB1AA

    For discusssion join mailing list at http://groups.google.ca/group/cloud-computing

  11. Coderoid says:

    Sidenote – Anyone test driven Google AppEngine? I just built a sample app with it and the ease of use is great. It reminded me of EC2, with a less complicated API.

  12. Coderoid says:

    Sidenote – Anyone test driven Google AppEngine? I just built a sample app with it and the ease of use is great. It reminded me of EC2, with a less complicated API.

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  22. Herman RH says:

    I think that browsers need to be more mobile compatible