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Windows Azure Gaining 1,000 Customers Per Day
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cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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11/20/2013 | 2:35:10 PM
An honorable practice: Eating your own dogfood
Agree, rradina, Eating your own dog food means you're willing to do yourself as a software user what you urge others to do. The term was popularized by David Cutler as his team developed Windows NT. They were not only going to produce a good operating system, Microsoft was going to use it. Windows Server, in my mind, has met that test. (Cutler also lead development of Digital Equipment's VMS, a great operating system.) In a similar vein, I think Mike Neil is saying that Microsoft not only urges people to use cloud computing but is illustrating that it knows how to build and run cloud infrastructure. The implicit comparison is with VMware, as I remember the conversation. VMware came to its own cloud data centers only recently. 
rradina
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rradina,
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11/20/2013 | 12:37:39 PM
Re: China investment
If cost is why they built one in China, I'm sure you can pay extra to keep services out of China.  However, they are probably in China for reasons other than cost.  Performance, latency and, given our own NSA's behavior, comfort for Chinese consumers and busineses.

What is possibly a reverse concern is whether or gaining access to any data center could be used to then bypass certain front-line defenses at other data centers.  If any country gets ticked at a foreign company, they can certainly and without question confiscate access at a local data center vs. one located in another country regardless of how many international agreements might be in place.
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rradina,
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11/20/2013 | 12:28:36 PM
Re: Microsoft Eats Its Cloud Dog Food
Showing my age but a long, long time ago before Windows was capable of running in the server room, Microsoft was rumored to use a lot of IBM's stuff to run their back office.  Personally, I heard they used a lot of i-Series (AS400) machines.  When MS preached NT for the back office, detractors pointed to these rumors as proof it was just a toy.  To us old guys, perhaps eating ones own dogfood is not as "automatic" as younger folks expect and it's reassuring that Microsoft is running its own business on Azure.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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11/20/2013 | 10:02:38 AM
China investment
While having two of its major data centers in China, and run by a Chinese-national partner, may help in terms of keeping costs low, I can't see that as a selling point for US and European companies. Might it even make it difficult to get government contracts? Or, can MS promise data will stay at a specific center?
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Laurianne,
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11/20/2013 | 8:54:16 AM
Microsoft Eats Its Cloud Dog Food
He paints it as impressive that MS is eating its own dog food --using its own Azure technologies. I would argue that is the least its customers would expect.


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