The Cloud: The battle for control

(c) by Hasbro

This morning I spent some time updating myself on the major Cloud offerings - Microsoft Azure and their hosted offerings, Amazons EC2/S3, Google AppEngine. IBM BlueCloud and VMWares vCloud (a quick comparison can be found here).

This stuff really gets me worried because none of it is open or free (as in freedom). Even though at least Amazons and Googles offerings are based on Open Source software, they themselves are anything but open.

Why worry?  Read more ...

Burning Chrome, Screaming Firefox, Lame IE

Chrome Performance Numbers

We at Open-Xchange, like everybody else in the industry, couldn't wait to get down dirty with the newest Google Gadget, the Chrome browser. First impression was fast, fast, fast - way faster than anything we've seen. But as a bit more scientific tests showed later, we were probably a bit distracted from it's clean and simple interface. Read more ...

Sharecropping? Not much left to be shared.


Google has made a few bold moves into the Platform as a Service (PaaS) and application API space recently. And, most notably the announcement of the cooperation rolls this strategy to the end users. As Tier1's Phil Shih phrases it: "Salesforce and Google go after SMB market more aggressively; hosters beware".

Matt Asay points out on his blog that Google may be at an inflection point of having to commit to either Open Standards or becoming evil after all. Ars Technica's Clint Ecker feels that the lock-in strategy is at full steam already, as he thinks that the PaaS move "... most blatant downside is being locked into Google's platform." Read more ...

Can they eat your cake and have theirs, too?

Microsoft and Google say are entering the business software services space -- with SaaS offerings around advanced eMail, Groupware, Collaboration and Office Applications. Of course that makes sense -- we, along with Gartner ("E-Mail Hosting: Poised for Explosive Growth", Matthew W. Cain, Gartner, Feb 22, 2008), Tier1 and Radicati -- have long predicted this to be an attractive market. SaaS offerings in this space can remove more than 90% of the cost for the user -- giving especially small businesses the opportunity to do more at a low price-point. Read more ...

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