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Microsoft has told users they've got "nothing to lose" by checking out the company's Azure cloud and hosted applications before committing to a deal with archrival VMware. In an open letter in the national news comic USA Today on Tuesday, Microsoft claimed a three-year contract with VMware would tie customers into a deal with …


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  1. Peter 39
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    who owns the data?

    If it's on Microsoft's cloud then, from a legal standpoint, they own it. Consult a lawyer for your jurisdiction for details.

    Somehow, I don't find that attractive at all.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Oh yes, good point

    Because those time based instead of product based licensing deals worked out so well for micros~1 customers. Promises of delivering upgrades in time before the deal runs out? Ah, they're clearly only ment to be broken.

  3. LenH
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    Microsoft would never ask for a three year agreement for anything of theirs for the same reason, I'm sure.

  4. Allison Park
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    Dear Oracle customer

    Before you sign that 3 year ELA or ULA you should talk to IBM about Power systems.

    Power7 delivers incredible value for your software investment and can help you dramatically decrease your maintenance fee's with Oracle. Power's virtualization and performance is unmatched in the industry with 8 years of wide spread acceptance.

    Ideally you should be working towards reducing your Oracle costs a year before the license renewal. We have reduced our core counts every year since we moved to Power from SPARC and keep getting more value out of the software licenses we bought years ago. Past waste of 10% utilized licenses has enabled us to not have to buy any new "capacity" licenses in years.

    Works for us....we laughed at the Oracle rep when she tried to sell us Exadata with all new license required.

    (Hi Matt B)


  5. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    Good luck,

    I think Microsoft will need it. I haven't seen much come of their Azure services.

  6. DutchP


    Microsoft warning about vendor lock-in.

    What they mean is probably that their lock-in is way better than VMWare's

  7. Head


    Apps you can trust????

    M$, i have one word for you:


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  9. Mikel

    Power? Really?

    @Allison: Industry Standard Architectures are less of a trap than sole-vendor platforms. This has always been the case. There is no more valid argument for IBM Power except for the use case that it deliveres a required performance or feature that can't otherwise be had - itself a concession to the monopoly trap that surrenders your free will to get your solution. That's almost always a bad plan.

    @article: Microsoft can say whatever it wants in the press, couched in the fungible terms they always use. For Microsoft the "cloud" is the ambiguity of their marketing. Read the license terms carefully and try to get that past legal before you buy the product. You'll find there is no way to legally deploy Hyper-V in an HA environment where you need to fail over and fail back on demand. It's a non-starter.

    What counts in the cloud is that your cloud virtual servers are always arranged in redundant clusters for failover and scalability. It helps if they can be migrated from one virtual platform to another. The hypervisor is only relevant in that it needs to permit the required operations with its licensing, it must report performance metrics and provide management. That's all.

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    cloud computing

    hum not my thing thanks il pass il keep it where i know its safe

  11. web_bod

    Bet there's an App for that...

    ... and so there is:

  12. cmaurand

    I can't understand

    Why anyone would go for a cloud based infrastructure in the first place. So many privacy and security issues there that it just doesn't make much sense. There also loss of control and best of all, no internet, no access to any of your stuff.

  13. gratou
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    compulsory 3-year commitment?

    Lets' see....... mmm ... oh yeah, Microsoft Software Assurance.

    Did I get it right?

    Also, about vendor and trust, who is shoving the puky office 2007/10 ribbon down our throats, at our training and time-wasted cost, without consultation, just because they decided it is good for us?

    Sheesh, some cheek !

  14. Cloud_Zone


    Microsoft always goes on the offensive when they fell they might loose any share of the market. This is nothing new. They see lots of new players coming onto the field and they want to make sure their name is out there and on news. Lots of companies are looking for a cloud computing strategy, and this attack on VMWare is the perfect advertising for Microsoft.

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