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Microsoft Battles Google, Amazon In Cloud Price War

Microsoft has dropped its cloud service prices in response to recent cuts by Google and Amazon. Will Rackspace be next?

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Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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4/2/2014 | 11:58:58 AM
Any reaction to IBM/SoftLayer's charge?
IBM/SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby is saying you're getting less of a price cut and more of an overloaded server. I wish someone would supply some real world measures that support or refute that charge. It's not a price cut if your performance goes down 30%, as well as your price. But I don't really believe that's the whole story with the cuts, myself.
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4/1/2014 | 3:20:17 PM
Price Reductions Matter
M3 Linux instance price reduction of 38% will reduce my AWS bill by ~20%.  The offset is a result of bandwidth and EBS storage prices remaining flat.  I wouldn't characterize that as "minimal."
User Rank: Apprentice
4/1/2014 | 12:58:20 PM
Price cuts, getting what you pay for.
Pricing a bargan server with arguably less capacity that a Rasberry PI, for $25 and spend the rest on the 128 GB USB stick for storage does not seem like a deal to me.

If I got the RasberryPI with full keyboard, network, mouse, monitor and USB support, I could host them in my desk drawer from substantially less and arguably have equal or superior server and networks security.

What I shoujld be spending the money on is not the server, I should be spending the money on the secure by design and default configuration, access and storage.  The more the price gets cut, the less confident in these I become.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/1/2014 | 12:49:25 PM
Highlights the Need To Be Able to Manage Across Public Cloud and On-Prem
Working for ScienceLogic as the product marketing manager I admit that I come at this from a bit of a biased perspective. But these increased price wars and the continual cost reduction for off-prem resources highlights to me that moving compute and storage off-prem is only going to continue.

With that happening, the obvious next step is a growth in hybrid environments which I think leads to a need to have monitoring and management solutions that monitor both on-prem and off-prem (whether it be Azure, AWS, or Compute Engine) all in one system.

We monitor both off-prem and on-prem as well as detect and track the connections across the different technical components. If you're using any of the public cloud providers, and are interested in making sure that you can track and manage all of your internal and external resources in one system, it might be worth checking us out. 

If you want more information feel free to drop me an email cdunn "at" sciencelogic "dot" com. You can also visit our website at


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