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Microsoft Cloud Biz Still a Wisp

With all the talk from Redmondites about the cloud, you'd reckon Microsoft is pulling in a bundle. After all, isn't Microsoft 'all in' the cloud?

The cloud may be Microsoft's financial future, but it sure isn't the present. In fact it will take quite a while before the cloud can rival Microsoft's on-premise server software business, or so says Charles Di Bona, a Redmond general manager.

Right now, the Server and Tools business runs around $17 billion a year, and Windows Azure is part of that division. Unfortunately Di Bona didn't break out specific cloud numbers. In fact, that may be impossible to do. Standard on-premise tools like System Center and Windows Server can be deployed in a data center as part of private clouds.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/16/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Wed, Nov 16, 2011

Problem is that there are so few people who really understand MSFTs cloud offering. From my perspective Azure is light years ahead of the competition (as well as people's understanding) in many respects. Not to mention their typical cruddy marketing which is pervasive throughout all of MSFT.

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