I knew one software company that failed their SaaS transition because they
chose to cut a few corners with the operations. Since they were software
engineers, they did not really want to spend time on such mundane tasks as
security, auditing, backups and so on. One day they let a disgruntled
employee go, the guy went to an internet cafe, logged into the hosting
account with the shared admin credentials, and deleted all customer data.
There were no backups or data replicas to bring the data back, no personal
admin accounts or procedures to prevent such an incident from happening, and
even no monitoring to learn about the issue before customers did. This was
the end of this SaaS application – it just never recovered.
Cloud business is more than just putting some code online (and collecting
money ;)) Whether you are offering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) web
Analysts should love hype – it lets them jump into a hot area and be the
thought leaders who everyone has to consult to make any sense out of what is
going on in the area.
“Cloud” is probably the most hyped word in the industry these days and
everyone has a definition of what it is. And despite this being a running
joke in the industry, everyone obviously needs definition conversion to
happen so we can start speaking the same language here.
U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stepped in and did
– from my perspective – something truly amazing: they provided ... (more)
Azure Session at Cloud Expo
Pundits talking about how Windows 7 is all about Microsoft competing against
Apple, recovering with Vista consumer adoption disaster, or getting people
off of XP, are missing one other – extremely important – part of the
Windows 7 story. Windows 7 and its server counterpart – Windows Server 2008
R2 – are actually the first real step in Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Story.
Before Windows 7 Microsoft could offer some services (such as Exchange
Online) from the cloud – but could not provide full enterprise directory,
security and so on – now they can.
Quest Connect is a big online conference put together by Quest, Microsoft, ,
Dell, NetApp, Vizioncore, Scriptlogic, Techrepublic, Oracle Magazine, Redmond
Magazine, and The Code Project. The agenda is packed with a lot of useful
material on Windows Server 2008 R2, AD, Identity Management, Exchange 2010,
Virtualization, Cloud Computing, SharePoint, SQL, Oracle – see full
agenda here – and they include some sessions specifically on cloud
computing and Microsoft Online Services.
Here are a few:
Here or Way Out There? Should Your Active Directory Management Be In Cloud?
Available the... (more)
Microsoft’s TechNet EDGE posted a video with quite detailed discussion of
Systems Management as a Service concept, example of such a service (Quest
OnDemand), how it uses Windows Azure as the underlying technology, the
security model behind it, and so on. Obviously a demo is in there as well.
Check out the video here.