New CEO and Windows Azure

While writing about Microsoft’s new CEO, Brent Simmons makes the case for Azure as important competition for Amazon:

“My worry about the future is an Amazon monopoly on cloud services. Amazon’s services are fantastic, and they’ve changed how people make web apps. But they should not be the only game in town.”

I agree. When AWS goes down now, it seems like half the internet doesn’t work. Except for a few lingering DNS entries, I moved everything from Amazon to Linode last year in a cost-cutting attempt. But even better, I’d like to run some of my services across multiple cloud providers. That’s difficult to manage today as a one-man shop.

(Brent’s post is also worth reading just for the WOES acronym.)