Storage: the crack cocaine of cloud computing

Storage price slashing continues as Microsoft meets cuts Google and Amazon traded last week. There’s method in this madness — lots of businesses have yet to test the cloud, and cheap storage is a way to attract those newbies. And once they’re hooked, watch out!

Microsoft quandary: Can Windows-first policy work in the iPad era?

A report that Microsoft will hold back on Office for iPad and Android devices until it’s out on Windows tablets and phones illustrates Microsoft’s quandary. Office is its cash cow and solidifies account control. The danger is people may like iPads more than Office.

HP ups its cloud bet on OpenStack — and KVM

Hewlett-Packard is putting more of its chips on OpenStack as a key foundation for its upcoming public, private and hybrid cloud implementations. HP says its Converged Cloud will amalgamate existing HP technologies and OpenStack so applications can be managed uniformly across cloud types.

Google to Amazon: You’re not the only price chopper around

Amazon isn’t the only cloud power slicing storage prices. On Tuesday Google cut the price on Google Cloud Storage by up to 15 percent in some cases. With this move and new front-end storage partners, Google appears to be making a serious play for enterprise storage.

Today in Cloud

Not so long ago, most pitches on the benefits of cloud computing began with either “save money” or “save the planet.” Both of those remain true, to a degree, but increasingly they’re being pushed down the benefits list in favour of “agility.” The cloud, the argument increasingly goes, makes it feasible for your business to be far more agile, far more nimble, and far more responsive to changing circumstance. Take, for example, these posts from the past few days. Writing for Wall Street & Technology, Melanie Rodier asserts that “Speed-to-Market Is Biggest Benefit Of Cloud Computing.” Over at SearchCloudComputing Carl Brooks is less convinced, opening with “it’s becoming clear that vendors are trying to change their tune to better suit their ambitions. The new byword is ‘agility’; the sell-siders would fain have you forget about that earlier golden calf, ‘operating expenses (opex) versus capital expenses (capex).'” A little harsh, perhaps, when those vendors may simply be adjusting a message based upon feedback from their customers. It’s also unfair, as the agility argument is surely more true? The opex/capex argument got vendors into the enterprise at a time when every budget was under scrutiny. The agility argument should be the one that keeps them there.