Microsoft and Oracle surprised the cloud computing space yesterday by announcing a partnership that would offer Oracle software on the Azure platform. According to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the two, who have been known rivals for years, have been actually working together behind closed doors for a time.
In the years to come, cloud computing will take a substantial piece of the market from traditional deployment models. This implies growing demand for applications that can operate in a cloud environment, and for software engineers skilled in cloud computing technologies.
One new benchmarking effort to compare the clouds examined the PaaS and IaaS distinctions on key factors across application types. The results, while not surprising in total, do provide a unique view into how intended workloads should drive decisions between the two cloud types.
Microsoft competitors Marc Benioff of Salesforce and Dave Girouard of Google sound off on Microsoft’s Azure venture into the cloud.