Welcome to the Cloud Wars Minute — your daily news and commentary show. Stepping in for Bob Evan in today’s episode is Acceleration Economy analyst and CXO2 Minute host Wayne Sadin. Each Cloud Wars Minute episode provides insights and perspectives into the “reimagination machine” that is the cloud.
In this episode, Wayne brings several news stories forward to illustrate how Microsoft might be carefully positioning itself to go after Amazon through what he terms the “melded cloud.”
00:22 — The pairing of Microsoft Azure and Oracle OCI is routinely referred to as a “multi-cloud” solution, but it varies from the traditional a la carte multi-cloud model. Since customers interact with this partnership via Azure software with an Oracle back-end, Wayne terms this architecture a “melded cloud.”
01:15 — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently stated his intention to more aggressively take share from competitors.
01:32 — A recent Wall Street Journal article also stated that Microsoft is trying to move the government away from major solo cloud deals (mostly with Amazon) by getting the industry fully onboard with the multi-cloud.
02:08 — The result of these three stories combines for two sharp-elbowed companies (Microsoft and Oracle) teaming up to seize business from the incumbent Amazon.
02:22 — Wayne reflects on Microsoft losing its exclusive deal as a result of Amazon’s actions more than a year ago.
02:47 — It benefits customers when these titans of cloud infrastructure compete to such a fierce degree.
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