EMC and Microsoft – Friend or Foe?

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You may think that EMC and Microsoft are bitter competitors, and you may be right because in some areas they do fiercely compete. But more often than not, the two companies work together to solve customer problems with joint solutions from both sides. Even with competing products, overlapping functionality, and differences in approach, it is the customer who ultimately drives the decision. That decision is rarely a one sided architecture. Most often we see a blend of technologies from both EMC and Microsoft that come together to solve business issues and initiatives.

Competitive

Microsoft has competitive technologies, guidance, and solutions in several areas. EMC has a different set of direction and federation partners.

Such examples are:

  1. Windows Azure public cloud services – These services compete directly against VMware vCHS public cloud services.
  • Microsoft’s Azure started off as PaaS (Platform as a Service) with providing custom .NET application hosting and SQL…

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TechEd2014 : Azure Storage

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Recap of my session at Microsoft TechEd 2014 – Microsoft Azure Storage

Azure Storage is a cloud based storage offering which is hosted in 16 regions across the world.

Links:

blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage

azure.microsoft.com/storage

Azure Storage offerings:

1> BLOBS

  • An object store for unstructured data
  • REST API access only
  • Flat namespace
  • Up to 60 MB/sec throughput

  • Up to 1TB/BLOB

  • Charged by storage actual consumption

2> Disks

  • Network mounted virtual disk (inside of Azure for Azure-based VMs)
  • Stored in BLOB
  • up to 1TB Disk
  • Max 8KB IOPS – 500 IOPS
  • Snapshot and copy
  • Up to 60MB/sec throughput
  • Disks are exclusive to a single VM

3> Tables

  • noSQL cloud store
  • Odata protocol (AtomPub or JSON)

4> Queues

  • Reliable messaging system
  • Low latency, high throughput

5> Files (new offering as of May 2014)

  • Azure File Share – SMB and REST
  • SMB 2.1
  • Up to 5TB File Shares
  • Up to 1TB file

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