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Comparing Cloud Vendors: A Primer For IT
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/23/2016 | 3:04:42 PM
CenturyLink Information - Corrected for People and Roles
Your comments on CenturyLink are not quite accurate. When Jared Wray departed, two different executives took over the public cloud business. Jonathan Steinberg owned the P&L and commercial functions (along with the managed hosting and private cloud businesses) while Richard Seroter took over the platform development side of the cloud. Both have since left CenturyLink. Dave Shacochis is now product manager having taken over most (but not all) of Steinberg's role, while the product strategy lies with Pasha Mohammed from the CTO team. If this seems a bit disjointed, that is up to you. CenturyLink is now less focused on developing its own cloud and more on developing a hybrid cloud capability incorporating multiple clouds into its platform and portal - this is a strategy envisioned by Steinberg along with former product strategy executive Jonathan King (also departed) and being followed through to some extent by Shacochis. As for the CTO and Sales & Marketing CXO level executives, none have cloud experience or really understand the business in depth. Hence the departure of so many cloud experienced executives.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
9/13/2016 | 3:33:50 PM
Revenues not best metric, neither are data centers
Total revenues are not a very useful measure of skill or potential longevity in the cloud market unless you're a pure play public cloud service. Which AWS is. Then they become a form of marketplace feedback. Revenues when used in connection with Microsoft are a more debatable measure, as is the number of "Azure data centers." How much of any given data center dispenses cloud infrastructure services, as AWS' do? Some part of the  Azure data center is devoted to Bing searches, Dynamics CRM, Office 365, even possibly XBox playing. So it's difficult to say what either the data center number or the revenue nuimber indicates for Azure. Forrester estimated Azure revenues at $1-2 billion. AWS cited as having "more than $6 billion" in 2015.
User Rank: Strategist
9/13/2016 | 11:20:51 AM
Public Cloud Providers
I'm not sure why total revenues should be a determining factor in your choice of a public cloud provider.
Most readers would take the author's figures for AWS and assume that AWS' platform is six times as large as Azure as well. When in actuality the Azure platform is larger, with twice as many datacenters as Amazon.

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