Posted by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Microsoft, Amazon take different paths to cloud caching

Amazon and Microsoft, two of the leaders in the evolving cloud-services space, are offering customers a number of wares that — at least on the surface — sound similar. But in the area of caching, the paths of the two providers are diverging.

Amazon, aware that Microsoft was poised to finally take the wraps off its cloud strategy/services, launched a preemptive strike against the Softies earlier this fall. The result: Both companies are offering hosted SQL Server-based database services (Amazon’s SimpleDB and Microsoft’s SQL Services); an underlying storage service (Amazon’s S3 and Microsoft’s Azure Storage layer): a “cloud operating system” (Amazon’s EC2 and Microsoft’s Azure OS); the ability to host Windows apps/services on remote datacenter servers.


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