jeudi 29 mai 2014

Crystal Ball exercise... from IDC

From BusinessWire : IDC Lowers Tablet Projections 2014 Phablet Shipments

Following IDC analysis, it seems that equipment rate is now at a plateau. Quite interesting also to see that IDC projections show a stable market share for iOS despite a not-so-fast growing of Windows and by consequence, a light decrease of Androïd.

Wait and see...

jeudi 22 mai 2014

Surface Pro 3 : le nouveau vaisseau amiral des tablettes Microsoft

Une tablette ciblée pro, par Microsoft

Avec cette nouvelle tablette, Microsoft peut envisager de se tailler la part du lion dans le domaine pro. C'est là sans doute un formidable gisement en terme de parts de marché et l'occasion de (re)venir dans la course. D'autant plus que l'écosystème de développement (Windows / .NET) est mature et la stratégie d'infrastructure (Azure), claire et dûment assumée.

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vendredi 9 mai 2014

Cloud computing : Microsoft is in da house

I recently played with Microsoft Azure and it clearly was impressive. Here below are some thoughts about it

Waouh effect

I tried the platform for almost 24 hours. During these three days, I was able to implement a small cloud infrastructure with:
- on network (Burgundy) with its own DNS and Active Directory server (Vougeot)
- a SQL Server 2008 R2 server (Pommard)
- a Sharepoint 2013 server (Gevrey)

Tested infrastructure

I am clearly not an OS nor a network engineer, but I did it quite easily using standard virtual machines provisioned on Azure.
Why three days? mainly because I passed half of my time configuring my SharePoint site and browse trough the different pages offered by Azure administration tool to discover the platform capacities.

By the way, what about the administration tool? I would say that it took me 1 hour, no more, to discover it by myself and understand the main principles of it. A great work has been done here to simplify the administration and make it as simple as possible.

I used Google App engine some months ago, and clearly, it was not as mature as Azure is, proposing a set of services to host application in an PaaS approach, but having impact on produced code.
I use a bit iCloud from Apple but it is mainly a SaaS approach with a continuous approach between device software and cloud storage.
Microsoft on its side propose a global approach, with provision of hardware and software, on a transparent and global approach.

So yes, Azure clearly does the "Waouh effect". If you want to check, just do it. It's free.

Free, you said?

Yes, the trial is free. You get 150€ of service credit and a 30-days limit to use it. Mine was used in 3 days, due to the SQL Server resource that was costing a lot.

Cost repartition

As you can see above, SQL server service represent around 70% of global cost. This is mainly due to the fact that SharePoint is particularly greedy in SQL transactions and as I played a lot with it in order to obtain the configuration I wanted, it costed me a big part of my credit.

Having seen that, a proper alternative may be SharePoint online, but I didn't had the opportunity to test it yet.