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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Intuit's Flex-able Cloud

Catchy title, eh?

Bob Warfield has some interesting "pre-news" about a new cloud
computing platform...

http://smoothspan.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/intuits-radical-new-flex-quickbase-cloud-platform/

"Someone mentioned that the standard for Cloud Platforms was to bring
up an app that everyone in the audience can log into within 5 minutes
or less. No problems here. We had the good old "Hello, World" up and
running very quickly."

But he wonders about Microsoft's cloudiness (cloudlessness?)...

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Doesn't the Big M have SQL Server Data Services:
http://www.microsoft.com/sql/dataservices/default.mspx

1 comment:

BobWarfield said...

Can we view SQL Data Services as a platform, or just a set of API's? What makes a platform?

Is a POP/SMTP mail server a platform? It has API's, a data store, yada, yada, not entirely unlike SQL Data Services.

If SQL Data Services is the shot Microsoft wants evaluated against the Amazons, Googles, and Intuits, that's their business. I haven't heard them pushing it as such, and I wouldn't want that comparison if I were them, so I'm reserving judgement and assuming they have something really great that is imminently going to be flogged out the door.

Cheers!

BW

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