This chapter described some of the main public cloud solutions that Microsoft offers, in particular those related to the infrastructure stack. However, many other high-profile offerings are available. For example, in the Customer Relationship Management arena, there is Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, an SaaS version of Microsoft’s Dynamics solution, which is a power tool to help manage sales, marketing, and customer service operations.
The use of public cloud solutions is a very interesting shift. When you look at the evolution of the computing platform, you can see the shift from traditional datacenters using physical servers for each operating system to virtualized operating systems. Today another shift is under way—from virtualized systems to the private cloud, which focuses more on the application and service than the operating system. The vision for tomorrow is the public cloud, and I hope this chapter has demonstrated that the functionality is certainly available right now. However, one more step is required to complete a move to the public cloud: trust!
When I talk to organizations about the shift to the public cloud, the objections are generally not about technology or capability. Most organizations acknowledge that public solutions have more capability, resiliency, and scalability than anything they could implement on-premise. Additionally, because of economies of scale, using a cloud service is likely to be cheaper than hosting an on-premise solution. So why isn’t ...