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February 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Amazon still has wide lead in the cloud, but Microsoft gaining

Amazon.com’s cloud-computing unit is still a world beater. Microsoft is doing its best to entrench itself in second place.

RightScale, a California company that helps information technology departments manage their use of cloud-computing services, on Wednesday released the results of its survey  of more than 900 of corporate technology experts.

Among companies that tap into the “public cloud,” or pooled servers and data storage units accessed via the Web, 57 percent reported using Amazon Web Services. Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, Azure, was a distant second at 12 percent.

A graphic taken from RightScale's 2015 cloud-computing survey shows usage of the leading cloud infrastructure platforms.

A graphic taken from RightScale’s 2015 cloud-computing survey shows usage of the leading cloud infrastructure platforms.

There are two bright spots for the Redmond company in that figure. It’s double the 6 percent share Azure had when the survey was conducted a year ago. And Azure’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) product, which is primarily used by developers to write programs and web sites, was the fourth most widely used cloud service.

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January 5, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Xbox will carry Sling TV, Dish’s new ESPN (and friends) web TV service

Xbox has signed on to Dish’s effort to defeat the cable bundle. Consumers who don’t want to sign up for dozens of cable channels already have range of a-la carte options, from Netflix to Hulu to old-fashioned broadcast antennae, to watch their favorite shows. What they didn’t have, until now, was a way to see live sports carried on cable…

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December 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Amazon, HP, eBay join Microsoft bandwagon in warrant case

As extensively telegraphed by Microsoft, the company’s cast of supporters in its legal fight over a warrant seeking a customer’s emails just got a whole lot bigger.

Microsoft was joined by Amazon.com as well as Silicon Valley stalwarts Hewlett-Packard and eBay. Apple, AT&T,  Cisco and Verizion, which all supported Microsoft in its lower court case, also weighed in again.

Google, a leader in the cloud-computing realm along with Microsoft and Amazon.com, was among the notable technology companies that haven’t weighed in.

Microsoft in December 2013 was ordered by a federal judge in New York to turn over a user’s emails. Microsoft, finding the emails were stored in its Irish data center, refused, setting off the court case now awaiting a hearing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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