Stream my conversation with CMO Mick Hollison about the Cloudera Data Platform

Cloudera: Why the Enterprise Data Cloud Is Indispensable

October 30, 2019
This episode is brought to you by Cloudera. For this sponsored Cloud Wars Live conversation, I spoke with Mick Hollison, CMO of Cloudera. Mick just came back from a Cloudera customer event in New York City called Strata Data, during which they unveiled the new Cloudera Data Platform to the world. He says that customers
Azure chief Jason Zander talks about Microsoft's billion-dollar cloud

Inside Microsoft’s Billion-Dollar Cloud Deals: Driving ‘Innovation Agendas’

October 1, 2019
With Microsoft on pace to generate $50 billion in commercial-cloud revenue in its current fiscal year, it was fascinating to hear a top Azure executive describe how Microsoft's been able to land some billon-dollar or $500-million cloud deals recently. We got a preview during Microsoft’s fiscal-Q4 earnings call on July 18. That's when CEO Satya
Satya Nadella and Rohan Kumar speak about the new Microsoft Azure Cloud limitless database

Satya Nadella Promises ‘Hyperscale Limitless Database’ on Microsoft Azure Cloud

September 10, 2019
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted an intriguing video on LinkedIn this week extolling the virtues of what he called a “hyperscale limitless database” to meet the surging needs of the data-driven economy. I am *clearly* no expert on database technology. But I surmise that the key takeaway of the video from Nadella and corporate VP
Mohak Shroff offers insight into why LinkedIn chose the Azure cloud

Microsoft Cloud Gains 645 Million Users as LinkedIn Picks Azure over Amazon and Google

July 24, 2019
Microsoft’s wholly owned subsidiary LinkedIn has chosen to get out of the data-center business. LinkedIn will soon begin moving all of its infrastructure to the Azure cloud, according to a report on venturebeat.com. LinkedIn came to the decision entirely on its own with zero pressure from Microsoft, the article says. That would be wholly consistent
Microsoft will likely top $50 billion in cloud revenue at this time next year.

Microsoft’s $50-Billion Moonshot: #1 Cloud Vendor Lays Out New Growth Plans

July 23, 2019
The odds are exceptionally strong that just 12 months from now, Microsoft will post cloud revenue of well over $50 billion. You read that right: a $50-billion-plus cloud business just one year from today for the largest and most-influential enterprise-cloud player in the world. So why does that matter? Who cares? It matters a great
CTO Mark Russinovich published a blog post explaining three recent Azure cloud failures

After 3 Cloud Failures in 12 Months, Microsoft Fortifies Azure Reliability

July 17, 2019
For Azure customers, the good news is that Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure has delivered an average uptime of 99.995% for its core compute services over the past 12 months. The not-so-good news for those same customers is that over those same 12 months, the Azure cloud has “experienced three unique and significant incidents that impacted
How Microsoft is influencing the SaaS revolution

Microsoft Is Helping Turn the SaaS Market Upside-Down

June 14, 2019
While Microsoft’s not one of the leading enterprise-applications vendors, its massive influence as the world’s #1 cloud-computing provider is making it a major player in the quiet but unmistakable revolution in the SaaS business. I’ve written about this upheaval in a number of places recently, including in this week's Cloud Wars Newsletter, titled “The SaaS
Volkswagen & Microsoft

Volkswagen’s Remarkable Journey from #1 Car Maker to Software Company via Azure Cloud

February 28, 2019

At the ripe old age of 82 and having become the world’s largest automaker, Volkswagen AG is undertaking a massive transformation to surge into the wild new world of digital as a software company that provides mobility services and information rather than just cars, trucks and buses. Centered on the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud developed in

Microsoft will likely top $50 billion in cloud revenue at this time next year.

If #1 Microsoft Isn’t “Real” Cloud, Why Are World’s Largest Companies Buying It?

February 25, 2019

The ridiculous premise that Microsoft’s industry-leading commercial-cloud business isn’t “real” cloud got even more absurd last week as two massive corporations—ExxonMobil and Albertsons—picked Azure, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365 to accelerate their digital transformations and drive innovation and revenue. For reasons I cannot fathom and that have no basis in reality, some pundits and supposed