* Posts by Steve_Jobs1974

26 publicly visible posts • joined 25 May 2017

Azure India wobbles due to ‘underlying physical datacentre issue’


Re: <X> down

Well not according to Gartner (Cloud Harmony) , out of the big 3 Msft is lagging by a long way. 7 x more downtime in 2019


Re: Landlocked in the Valley

I think only 10 Azure Regions have Availability Zones, and even the regions that do have AZ’s only a small fraction of the Azure services use them. So, unless you use a service that works across muti-az in a region that supports them, you can expect this sort of outage.

Microsoft admits pandemic caused Azure ‘constraints’ and backlog of customer quota requests


Re: More to this than Teams

No, Zoom is on AWS. Along with Slack, Netflix, Reddit and a whole bunch of other websites that usage will have gone through the roof. But seems to me that AWS seems to take it in its stride.


"I've heard reports of AWS problems too. To be fair it's probably cyclic,"

I havent heard this, as above - AWS seems reliable compared to Azure.

US judge puts Amazon's challenge to Pentagon JEDI deal into force stasis


I wouldn't tar Amazon with the sam brush as Azure. Microsoft is significantly less reliable and has seen multiple, major outages in recent years

AWS to double sales droids as Google, Microsoft's growing clouds threaten to gobble larger slices of Bezos' pie


Re: 10B growth rate

"I guess the expectation is that growth in sales should be exponential"

You havnt heard of the law of big numbers then.

Google Cloud rolls out of bed, slips on suit, draws up premium support, vows to take it SLO to lure enterprises


Re: Catch up

So do Microsoft and AWS

Microsoft plays 'Spot the Azure VM that can disappear any time'


Love the way Microsoft just flat out copies AWS and doesnt even bother chaning the names of the services.


Dedicated Hosts

Avalibility Zones


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I guess

Microsoft's cloud keeps printing cash, Surface not so much as Windows giant pockets $119m profit a day


Re: Im going to call it. Amazon Won the Cloud Wars

As Warren Buffet said - You do not want to give Jeff Bezos a seven-year head start

Microsoft flings open Azure Functions to Java workloads


Better Late than never

Bit late to the party MS, but good on you

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)


Is it that hard sir

I mean come on. It not that hard to keep your bucket private. They put big yellow warning signs all over public buckets.

Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'


Re: RE: asynchronous nature of geo-replication could have led to data loss

When people say Cloud, they need to differentiate Azure from AWS in terms of reliability.

AWS have had Availability Zones from day 1, allowing for synchronous replication of databases. They have built all their higher level Services on top of these and they are available in every region.

So what's Microsoft's counter-AWS cloud strategy? Don't be evil


Re: Microsoft's counter-Amazon strategy...

" Growing much faster in cloud than AWS."

According to Gartner Cloud Revenue for 2017

AWS - 12,221 Billion growing at 50%

Azure - 3,130 Billion Growing at 98%

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama


Re: URL link to all Cloud Outages past 5 years?

Cloud Harmony provides this data if you subscribe

Be careful about lumping Azure in with all Cloud Providers, they are not the same in terms of reliability and especially comparing against AWS.


Re: I NEVER get tired of posting this

REG: Yeah. All right, Stan, and what has the Cloud ever given us in return?!

XERXES: Scale on Demand?

REG: What?

XERXES: Scale on Demand

REG: Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true. Yeah.

COMMANDO #3: Agility.

LORETTA: Oh, yeah, the Agility, Reg. Remember how slow it used to be to get hardware in and configure it, 3 months wait minimum.

REG: Yeah. All right. I'll grant you can scale on demand and the agility are the two things that the Cloud has brought.

MATTHIAS: Go global in minutes.

REG: Well, yeah. Going Global. I mean, that goes without saying? But apart from the Scaling on Demand, Agility, and going Global--

COMMANDO: Serverless.

XERXES: AI, speech to text, machine learning, translation, all on-demand

COMMANDOS: Huh? Heh? Huh...

COMMANDO #2: DevOps.


REG: Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.

LORETTA: Only paying for Windows licences when they're in use

FRANCIS: Oh yeah that’s right Reg, we used to have to commit to licences for three years up front, whether we used them the whole time or not, total waste of money

COMMANDOS: Yeah, that’s true

COMMANDO #1: And all the managed services.

COMMANDOS: Oh, yes. Yeah...

FRANCIS: Yeah. Yeah, that's something we'd really miss, Reg, if the Cloud left. Huh.


LORETTA: And we get all that security that allows banks to run on the cloud, we could never afford to go to that level ourselves

FRANCIS: Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let's face it. They're the only ones who could in a place like this.

COMMANDOS: Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

REG: All right, but apart from the scaling on demand, the agility, going global in minutes, serverless, AI, speech to text, machine learning, translation, DevOps, licencing, managed services, and security, what has the Cloud ever done for us?

XERXES: Reduced cost

REG: Oh. Cost? Shut up!

Microsoft doubles Azure Stack's footprint, embiggens Azure VMs


Re: “customer demand and supportability”,

"Hence why Microsoft overtook AWS in total cloud revenue a year ago"

Yes, O365 is dominating email in the cloud - but Azure is a different story.Here is the link to a Gartner report published this May year which talks about the Revenue from Azure (4 Billion run rate) vs AWS (20 Billion Run Rate)


"AWS has been the dominant market leader and an IT thought leader for more than 10 years, not only in IaaS, but also in integrated IaaS+PaaS, with an end-of-2017 revenue run rate of more than $20 billion"

"Microsoft has sustained a very high growth rate over multiple years, and Gartner estimates its end-of-2017 revenue run rate for integrated IaaS+PaaS at more than $4 billion. "


Re: Four 9s?

"It's also a fine way to be able to bring your VMs back on premises if public cloud is not adequate. Good luck doing that on other public clouds."

How about vmotion with VM Cloud on AWS - migrate without even powering off the VM. There are also native export tools in AWS or GCP

Amazon: For every dollar of op. profit going into Bezos' pockets, 73 cents came from AWS


Re: AWS growing at least twice as fast as Azure - probably much more

According to analysts – this is not the Case. Cloud revenues are climbing across all providers. However AWS is maintaining market share.

AWS worldwide market share has held steady at around 33% for twelve quarters now, even as the market has almost tripled in size. As the cloud boom continues, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba have all substantially grown their market shares, but this has not been at the expense of AWS


This ties in with the "Intelligent Cloud" financial results we in the Microsoft earnings release. Azure is growing at 90%, its a much smaller base than AWS and is not gaining on AWS in terms of market share.


Re: AWS growing at least twice as fast as Azure - probably much more

Taking Azure in isolation - O365 is a won game, Microsoft are dominant and lightly to stay that way.

Azure (and server products) grew 1.1 Billion in the quarter

AWS grew 2.5 Billion in the Quarter

In percentage terms Azure is growing faster, but from a much smaller base. In Real Terms AWS is growing much faster. As Azure scales, the percentage growth will slow as it has done in the last two quarters.

What's interesting is while the Azure growth rate is dropping, AWS growth rate has accelerated two quarters in a row.


Re: AWS growing at least twice as fast as Azure - probably much more

That's incorrect. The results are compared year on year. At the top of their press release it states it.

"REDMOND, Wash. — April 26, 2018 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:"



AWS growing at least twice as fast as Azure - probably much more

Not sure why the media think Azure is outpacing AWS, not that it particularly matters, as Azure and AWS have much room to grow. However, if you break it down;

“Microsoft Quarter Results: Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $7.8 billion and increased 15% (up 15% in constant currency)”

Microsoft does not break out Azure from intelligent cloud; So we do not know what is Windows Server (perhaps running on AWS) is and what is Azure revenue. However, assuming 100% of 7.8 Billion is coming from Azure (it is not) that would be an increase of 1.1 Billion.

AWS Quarter Results: AWS is at 5.4 Billion growing at 49%. Which is 2.5 Billion growth

So AWS had double the growth of Microsoft intelligent cloud. If MS took out server products, I wonder what the growth would be it would look like.

DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch


Re: Not Apples for Apples

This is from the DO website

Standard Droplet vCPUs are "burstable" up to the full hyper-thread but are shared amongst multiple VMs meaning that you potentially won't always be able to utilize the full hyper-thread. Our systems attempt to always give customers as much of the hyper-thread as possible but as there is some level of overcommitment on Standard Droplet vCPUs you will have variable performance depending on a number of factors


Not Apples for Apples

Digital Ocean over-subscribe on CPU and RAM. This is something VM Admins have been doing for years on-prem for their Dev workloads. (Not sure I would want to do this for Prod). Comparing these VMs to AWS / Google VMs, that are not over-subscribed, is like stating that a Mini is cheaper than a Ferrari and therefore better!

We survived today's Amazon news avalanche to bring you this: Yes, a managed Kubernetes service will be a thing


Re: Cloud lock-in

Price for one thing, choice for another.

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers


AWS have been running Availability Zones (AZs) for years.

Fully isolated zones (of clusters of data centers) with low latency connections. This simply wouldn't happen in AWS. Microsoft have been in such a rush to expand their foot print that they have not done a great job here - A single isolated event takes out an Azure region. This is terrible.

Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right


Re: data sovereignty is a PR issue?

If you want good insight how AWS operates, take a look at this.


This provides a good view of what AWS is doing and how its blowing away other cloud providers.