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If you do your development in an environment where you own the hardware, software and infrastructure, are you really doing your development "in the cloud"? That used to be called a network. I am assuming that Microsoft is not intending to utilize cloud services from Amazon or Google, but rather use their own services. To me, that is a stretch of the term cloud.

They would however be uwing the same tools that are available to their customers.
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If I deploy to any external, off premises third party cloud, it's not going to be Azure. Considering all the management and technical mistakes that have come out of Redmond the past couple of years, Microsoft is low on my choice of SaaS vendors.
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For myself, I've been using a "personal" cloud at home (a couple Hyper-V Servers, load whatever OS and application I feel like playing with / learning) and find it to be perhaps one of the best ways to learn new tech.

SQL2012 Always On? Stand up a pair of Server2008s as VMs, follow the directions, and play with it. Log shipping? Ditto.

You don't *need* to use a "commercial" offering to use a "cloud" for development / testing / evaluation purposes. At my previous employer, we used VMs (all on-premise servers) for spinning up OSes to test our application on. Need to see how it works with WinXP? Load up a VM. Testing the application over a VPN? Spin up a pair of VMs on separate ISP lines (yes, they have / had multiple ISPs) plugged into the VPN routers we suggested and try it.

When people say "cloud" most automatically think of the big commercial offerings (Azure, Amazon, etc.) But it doesn't have to be. It can be a couple virtualization hosts living in your server room.
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If you do your development in an environment where you own the hardware, software and infrastructure, are you really doing your development "in the cloud"? That used to be called a network. I am assuming that Microsoft is not intending to utilize cloud services from Amazon or Google, but rather use their own services. To me, that is a stretch of the term cloud.

They would however be uwing the same tools that are available to their customers.


I guess, but they're using the same tools/infrastructure that they offer to the public. The cost is lower, but I'm not sure the way the developers work, or the responses they get, are going to be off from what we might get. In that sense, I'd think they are using a "cloud".

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If I deploy to any external, off premises third party cloud, it's not going to be Azure. Considering all the management and technical mistakes that have come out of Redmond the past couple of years, Microsoft is low on my choice of SaaS vendors.


This isn't about deployment, but rather development.

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When people say "cloud" most automatically think of the big commercial offerings (Azure, Amazon, etc.) But it doesn't have to be. It can be a couple virtualization hosts living in your server room.


Absolutely.

However the "cloud" should be divorcing the admin from the end user work. I use VMs as well, but I have to manage them, patch them, etc. It doesn't feel much like a cloud where I can request a new VM that's patched and ready to go with Winxxx and SQLXxx. Some of that may be me, but I suspect I'd have to admin this stuff somewhere.

I wish there were good tools to help with this. It certainly makes me consider using Azure for more stuff.

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When people say "cloud" most automatically think of the big commercial offerings (Azure, Amazon, etc.) But it doesn't have to be. It can be a couple virtualization hosts living in your server room.


Absolutely.

However the "cloud" should be divorcing the admin from the end user work. I use VMs as well, but I have to manage them, patch them, etc. It doesn't feel much like a cloud where I can request a new VM that's patched and ready to go with Winxxx and SQLXxx. Some of that may be me, but I suspect I'd have to admin this stuff somewhere.

I wish there were good tools to help with this. It certainly makes me consider using Azure for more stuff.


I think to get a cloud to that sort of level, you'd need to have a fairly specific separation of duties. You'd have your "Server Admins" who are responsible for the OS (patching, updates, etc,) your "Application Admins" who would be responsible for their specific application such as SQL. Possibly the AppAdmins would instruct the Server Admins to apply patches, etc, that would depend on whether or not the AAs would be given RDP.

Something like Azure, takes it to the extent where the AA is completely divorced from anything *except* managing their application. Patches are handled by the SA.

Most companies, you're going to end up with the AA also being the SA for the servers that their application lives on.
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Two things

1. Cloud => Public and Private. Development in a could environment does not require you to develop off site. Currently I have two development environments one locally on this machine and a second that is a virtual server on our private cloud. This works great and was started to insure that the research I do does is isolated on a server environment that will not corrupt or otherwise destroy my local environment. It works great, and there are advantages.

2. Development in the could on a server OS better shows how the code will operate in a production environment. On the workstation I have Windows 7 and IIS etc all set and ready. I can develop web services, web applications, batch, scripts etc all locally or optionally on the virtual running the server OS. Running in the server environment allows me to monitor and determine some level of optimization in the environment the code will actually run under. This is a advantage for the most part.

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This isn't about deployment, but rather development.


Doesn't make a difference. As a developer/admin and the guy who has to help work on the IT budget, it's the same.

Keep and deploy development/production systems/VMs and clouds internal and where we can migrate from Microsoft we will, if it makes sense. (Basically there's an growing internal lack of trust with Redmond and the CFO is irked with the growing license costs. )

(I do some OSS development on "The Cloud", but it's not line of business specific.)
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