Amazon and Microsoft, beware?VMware cloud is more ambitious than we thought
Salinger: A Disciples Quest, by Thomas Beller. Poe, by Paul Collins. Van Gogh, by Julian Bell.
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A VMware-Amazon detente? A shipping VMware cloud? 4 things to look for at VMworld
4 things to look for at VMworld By Barb Darrow August 26, 2013: 10:09 AM ET ( gigaom.com ) -- As VMware gears up its major cloud computing onslaught and revs up its software-defined data center mantra, heres what Ill be listening for out of the big VMworld show kicking off Monday. 1: Collaboration or coopetition with Amazon Web Services: Subscribe to gigaom.com Vmwares verbiage regarding AmazonWeb Services has, shall we say, evolved in recent months. In March, CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Carl Eschenbach said any workload that moves to Amazons cloud is a loss to VMware and its ecosystem. Fast forward to late July when VMware EVP Raghu Raghuram hinted at broad cooperation between the two companies to come. If an alliance is forthcoming, it would make sense to Linnworks turns up the heat with latest update disclose at VMworld or at AWS: Reinvent in November.
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From this view, I see Amazon's sales growth decelerating over the next decade. Next, under all three cases, I assume that Amazon can ramp up profitability to some degree, the question is how high. For this, I think it is important to classify Amazon as some type of retailer, and for me the best classification is a diversified discount retailer, making the most appropriate comparison companies like Wal-Mart ( WMT ), Target ( TGT ), and Costco ( COST ).
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Amazon US-East Cloud Goes Down
In 2012, storms knocked off power to Amazon's East Coast availability zones, leaving the service unavailable. There was also an incident in 2011 that hit the Virginia-based East Coast AZs. The whole concept behind the AZs, though, is to help customers mitigate the risk of an outage in any one geographical area. "When you launch an instance, select a region that puts your instances closer to specific customers, or meets the legal or other requirements you have," Amazon's AZ documentation states. "By launching your instances in separate Availability Zones, you can protect your applications from the failure of a single location." Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com.
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