Is Windows Azure Suitable for Startups?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Last week we wrote about the services that Y Combinator startups use. For hosting, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace were the most popular services. Windows Azure was noticeably absent. But why? A topic turned up on Quora, citing our post and wondering why the lack of adoption.The topic has sparked a bit of discussion. The consensus: Azure is better suited for larger enterprise operations.That does make sense to some degree. We’ll just have to see by how much.The people who make up Azure are a smart group. Under Bob Muglia, a real push started to attract more developers. That became apparent at the Professional Developers Conference, which was not a huge event but did have a core group there developing on numerous platforms such as Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 and the Azure marketplaces. Muglia is leaving Microsoft so questions are out there but the structure is in place for his successor.Further, the tablet market will continue to drive a startup community to Azure. And BizSpark is no wilting effort. The official Microsoft blog states some of the results for the program since the effort began in 2008:Since then, about 35,000 startups from all over the world have enrolled in the program, which provides early-stage businesses with fast and easy access to software development tools and platforms as well as a network of 2,500 network partners – including venture capital firms, university incubators, consultants and angel investors – interested in helping startups grow.Microsoft will also focus on synchronizing connected devices this year, which will be a driving feature as devices are optimized for users. That alone will help drive development. Our bet is that synchronization will be a driving factor in the sale of Windows Phone 7 and tablet devices.Commenters on Quora have a different perspective. They state that Azure is just not the right choice for startups, citing better suitability for large enterprises, the costs and productivity differences between it and platforms such as Heroku, which actually runs on Amazon Web Services. What Commenters Say About Why Azure is Better for the Fortune 500Startups are disruptive. Microsoft caters to Fortune 500 companies. Using Azure means startups adopting one vendor as opposed to an open source community with large pools of available software engineers. The costs are higher compared to platforms such as Heroku. It can cost at least $40 per month for each site a user sets up. To set up an app on Heroku is free. It can take longer. One developer commented that for typical Web apps they are ten times more productive with Ruby on Rails than the Microsoft. Rails was built for the Web. Microsoft originally built its stack for the desktop.Azure is a platform, which is a same reason that Google App Engine is not represented either. Amazon and Rackpace are infrastructure providers, which provide the flexibility to build your own stack, which gives far more flexibility than a platform, which at some point will pose limits to the developer. On a final note, there are some praises for Windows Azure. Martin Wawrusch critiqued Azure but ended by saying that it is a great platform and he wholeheartedly recommends it. He even said that the SQL Azure engine is years ahead of the competition, serving as a good fit for backend processing for a startup. He does also say he would however not use it for any front end work in a startup environment.There are still open questions about Azure. It’s not ruled out as a platform. It has potential for considerable success. The question is its comparison to other offerings on Amazon or Rakspace. For now, those offerings are more popular and should continue to be so for at least the year ahead. Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing#Cloud Providers center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cartoon: The Competition

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I realized the other day, in the middle of a conversation with someone, that – for just a moment – I had stopped thinking of them as a human being, and started thinking of them as the thing that stood between me and some quality time with my iPad.(If you were talking to me in the past few days, and wondering if you’re the person in question, let me assure you that you weren’t. It was someone else. Really.)And, you know, that happens. At parties, some of us catch ourselves looking over the shoulder of the person we’re talking to, in case there’s someone we actually want to talk with nearby. A friend could be pouring their hearts out to us, and a stray anxiety could drift up from our subconscious long enough to distract us. Even when we give someone our full attention, we’re rehearsing what to say next or wondering how they’re reacting to what we just said.All of which is to say, let’s cut devices a little slack. They have the reputation of sucking our attention away from other people, but it’s not like there isn’t plenty of competition for that attention already, devices or no devices. Hell, the Cro-Magnon probably had that problem. (“Ogg stalk mammoth for hours. Then mammoth turn and look at Ogg, and – hey! You not listening to Ogg!”)And one of the nice things about a connected device is that it often connects us to others who aren’t in the room. There’s a terrific Ze Frank TED Talk where he projects a photo of a woman looking down at her iPhone and smiling. (You’ll find it around 6:25.) While this is the stereotypical image of someone zoning out of the real world, he points out that “life is being lived there, somewhere up in that weird, dense network.”That said, it’s still possible to be a thoughtless jerk about these things, and I’m living proof. We’re still working out the etiquette and sifting through conflicting protocols. And as with nearly everything that really matters, it comes down to human connection.Or high-velocity connections between pigs and angry birds. Those are fun, too. More Noise to Signal. rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Juventus make approach for PSV youngster Piroe

first_imgJuventus have made an approach to sign highly-rated PSV youngster Joel Piroe, Goal understands.The 19-year-old forward has previously been courted by the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund while Premier League sides Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea have also previously shown an interest.Piroe, who impressed for PSV’s Under-19 side last season under manager Mark van Bommel, has scored eight goals in 13 appearances for the Netherlands Under-19 side Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Serie A champions Juve have already contacted PSV about Piroe’s availability and are expected to lodge a bid in the region of €2 million for a player who has been watched regularly by Europe’s elite.He would likely start his Bianconeri career within their Under-23 squad, but should he impress then a potential to fast-track him into the first team is not being ruled out.Piroe moved to PSV from Feyenoord in 2014, having scored 45 goals in 26 games for the Rotterdam outfit, and was snapped up by Feyenoord previously from NEC Nijmegen.last_img read more

A Family Joined, with English There is Easy Communication with Community

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.“Nancy, can you believe it? I can say everything I want in English. There is no need anymore to try hard finding a word to convey my intent.”I am very happy and proud of this achievement and thankful to Joyce fertility support centre group for their effort. The ability helps me speak out more easily. Now that we are forming our working group to assess community needs related to health I can interact more efficiently.In the beginning of this month my family joined me. What a sweet time it was. I never thought that I will be apart from them, especially my six year-old son, for 2 months. Joyce fertility support centre group welcomed them warmly. The Iranian ambassador, Mr. Dabiran, kindly invited us to their home for dinner and they appreciated me for working with this humanitarian group to improve the health of human beings.I see that my son has changed; I don’t know which one of us has changed more. My son or me?It is the second time that I can feel changes happening inside me. The first time was after entering Alzahra University studying educational psychology. The second time is since when I was selected as a Young Champion to now work with Joyce fertility support centre in the Mukono and Wakiso districts of Uganda.I have visited some maternity wards of these districts. To reach the Mukono district we passed through soily and bumpy feeder roads which can makes me feel nauseous. I needed to sit in the fresh air for some minutes to get rid of this feeling when I arrived! But shortly I improved. You cannot imagine the smiles on the clients’ faces sitting in front of the health centre. Immediately I sensed that most of them were from far away, reaching the centre by a motorcycle (by the nick name of Boda Boda) holding a baby. The people of the community are innocent and hospitable. When I am with them no one understands the peace that I feel in my heart.In the health centers of the two districts we visited, each had one midwife. “When I don’t come to work this maternity ward is closed,” the midwife told us while she led us through the maternity wing. I wondered to myself, “What happens to clients when she is absent?”We were shown drugs and free HIV screenings. We also saw their lack of tap water, and their shortage of electricity (they use a charcoal stove to sterilize their instruments instead).One of the big challenges in these maternity wings is that the pregnant women come for prenatal and postnatal care but they don’t show up for giving birth (they prefer traditional birth attendants). I wonder why it is that they know the importance of prenatal and postnatal care, but they don’t understand the necessity of giving birth in health centers by the help of a trained midwife? Or, do they have the knowledge and just not apply it? I cannot say anything now. I have to wait to hear from them in the coming months.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolan

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is frustrated managing Radja Nainggolan.Spalletti has called on Nainggolan to stop being distracted by matters outside of football.”We love him, he is a sensitive boy and he has all the qualities of the person who behaves correctly. But sometimes even the father grumbles with his son,” Spalletti told reporters.”Radja is attracted to other things and if you put too many things in front of football you do not win.”He has three or four of things he puts in front of football and some of them have to be taken away.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

17 days agoAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Everton

first_imgAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Evertonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Everton boss Marco Silva remains confident he can be successful at Goodison Park.Everton currently occupy a position in the relegation zone following defeat to Burnley on Saturday and Newcastle United’s victory over Manchester United the following day. Carlos Goncalves told Record: “Any coach depends on the results. “We signed a three-year contract and football, with the entry of investors, makes us want immediate success, when success is actually built gradually.”The English coaches, who [managed] 10-15 years at the same club, disappeared.”Goncalves also opened up on Silva’s original move to Hull City in 2017.”Marco always had that ambition and hence took the risk, gambled in January and went to the condemned Hull City,” he added.”The club eventually were relegated but the work he did was unanimously well received. So he had four invitations to stay in the Premier League and moved to Watford.”I think all coaches have this ambition, because it is the most competitive championship in the world and where the best are.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MIND Urges Public Sector Entities to Take Advantage of Training Courses

first_img MIND’S Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ruby Brown, said there is need for ongoing upgrading of skills in the workplace. Manager for Customised Programmes and Delivery at MIND, Latoya Anderson, pointed out that in its programme design and development, MIND consistently analyses the space in which it operates and ensures that the trainers are from a variety of backgrounds, with different levels and layers of experiences. Story Highlights The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is inviting public-sector entities to take advantage of its suite of training programmes.MIND’S Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ruby Brown, said there is need for ongoing upgrading of skills in the workplace.“When we get into a particular role within the public service, we would have gotten in based on the competencies we brought with us. However, there is a need to continuously develop and strengthen existing competencies, through learning and development,” she noted.Dr. Brown, who was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank, said that developing competences helps to build confidence, adding that “there is really no replacement for learning and development”.Part of MIND’s mandate is to provide effective leadership development and management training at all levels of the public sector.The CEO said that when MIND was established, most of the focus was on management training. However, with the deepening of the modernisation and transformation thrust, the entity has recognised the need to “fast-forward leadership development across the public service”.“We have a number of leadership-development programmes, some that are short-term even spanning three days, as well as long-term, going for an entire year,” she indicated.Manager for Customised Programmes and Delivery at MIND, Latoya Anderson, pointed out that in its programme design and development, MIND consistently analyses the space in which it operates and ensures that the trainers are from a variety of backgrounds, with different levels and layers of experiences.She said the institute keeps abreast of the demands of the sector by having conversations with various stakeholders, including looking at the newest theories worldwide and conducting regular reviews of programmes.Business Development and Communications Director at MIND, Marlene Campbell, for her part, said that MIND is committed to delivering first-class relevant solutions to public-sector leaders.She said the entity’s offerings include scheduled programmes, which focus on the priorities of the Government; customised programmes, where MIND builds, designs and delivers training based on the need of a particular entity; and consultancy organisational development, where the focus is on evaluating how an entity operates and making recommendations for improvements.She said that there are courses for all levels of personnel in the public service”. from permanent secretary to the ancillary staff, as “leaders can be found in all areas of organisations”.Ms. Campbell further noted that MIND partners with strategic entities such as the Caribbean Leadership Project and the Cave Hill Sagicor School of Business Management “in order to ensure (we) train leaders to exert strategic influence, be proactive, foresee opportunities, be able to entertain diverse and divergent views, and who will help to transform their various structures”.MIND will be staging a management training conference from July 19 to 20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is inviting public-sector entities to take advantage of its suite of training programmes.last_img read more

Comcast drops Fox bid paving way for sale to Disney

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.Comcast can now focus on its pursuit of European pay-TV operator Sky, a deal that would give the Philadelphia-based cable and media company a larger presence outside the U.S.The moves come as the media landscape is shifting dramatically. Cable and telecom companies are buying content makers to compete with popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. AT&T bought Time Warner last month for $81 billion.Comcast had been dueling with Disney for Twenty-First Century Fox, but Comcast said Thursday that it would not raise its $66 billion offer for Fox. The Walt Disney Co. had topped Comcast’s bid by offering $71 billion.The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Disney’s bid as long as Disney, which owns the national sports network ESPN, sells Fox’s 22 regional sports networks. Fox shareholders are set to vote on Disney’s offer July 27.Disney CEO Bob Iger said he was “extremely pleased” with Comcast’s announcement.“Our focus now is on completing the regulatory process and ultimately moving toward integrating our businesses,” he said in a statement.If the deal closes, Disney would get a controlling stake in streaming service Hulu and Twentieth Century Fox film and TV studios. Disney owns Marvel Studios, but some characters including the X-Men had already been licensed to Fox. A sale means the X-Men and the Avengers could reunite in future movies. With Fox, Disney would also have a larger library of movies and shows for a streaming service set to debut next year.“This was the final chapter in this soap opera,” GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives said.Ives said Comcast’s focus now is on getting Sky “to build a strong beachhead content strategy in Europe.”Sky operates in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the U.K. It has 22.5 million customers, attracted by offerings such as English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Fox has been trying to buy the 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. The idea was to sell Sky to Disney as part of the broader deal. Last week, Comcast made a bid that values Sky at $34 billion, compared with $32.5 billion in Fox’s offer.Disney said in a regulatory filing last week that Fox might not raise its bid to compete with Comcast’s offer, meaning Comcast is likely to end up with Sky and Disney the rest of Fox that’s up for sale. That includes other international properties, including the Star India satellite service. Some Fox businesses, including Fox News Channel and the Fox television network, will remain with media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family.last_img read more

BIV reporter says LNG Canada preparing FID documents ahead of construction this

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said today at a forum in Vancouver that his company is preparing final investment documents with plans to start construction on a proposed liquified natural gas export terminal near Kitimat later this year.Business in Vancouver reporter Nelson Bennett tweeted earlier today that Calitz spoke at the Globe Forum 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and said that LNG Canada is preparing final investment documents for the project, with the plan to start construction some time in 2018. Direct quote: “At the time (2016) we said we wanted to be in construction in 2018. My answer remains unchanged.”— Nelson Bennett (@nbennett_biv) March 15, has attempted to reach out to an LNG Canada spokesperson, though phone calls have not been returned. Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir said that he heard Calitz speak last fall, saying that a year from then he anticipated announcing some good news.“If within that timeframe he has come forward today to indicate that they’re going to be spending in anticipation of the F.I.D., that is a major development. I think it means that the upstream side in the Peace is going to be very excited. I’ve heard that everyone’s working around Fort St. John right now, that it’s a very brisk period. This is a good time for someone to start a project because they’ll be looking for that labour from the labour pool. Maybe they’re starting to see that things are picking up generally and they better get going.”The day after his government came to power last June, B.C. Premier John Horgan stated that LNG Canada’s proposed project had the support of his party, something he echoed in January at the Premier’s B.C. Natural Resource Forum in Prince George. While speaking with Muir at the forum, Horgan said that he imagined the potential for as many as several LNG export facilities to be built in B.C. over the next few years. Andy Calitz, CEO for LNG Canada, tells #GLOBEforum plan is to start construction on Kitimat project 2018, FID documents being prepared.— Nelson Bennett (@nbennett_biv) March 15, 2018Quoting Calitz directly, Bennett said in a follow-up tweet that the LNG Canada CEO stated two years ago that his company wanted construction to have started on the project some time this year, and that those plans remain unchanged.last_img read more

Literacy Society signs on as Dolly Partons Imagination Library regional affiliate

first_imgKalman spoke about the Society’s partnership with the Imagination Library during her pitch to the 100 Women Who Care in Fort St. John at the Lido Theatre on Tuesday evening.Though it didn’t win the plurality of votes at last night’s event, Kalman said that the Society currently has a goal of raising the estimated $12,500 cost of providing the program for one year.Kalman said during her presentation that there are an estimated 1,835 children between the ages of 0-5 in the Fort St. John area.She explained that a $50 donation can allow the Society to provide one local child with a book every month for an entire year.Kalman said that the next big event for the Literacy Society is the New Year’s Eve Party at the Pomeroy Hotel, which the Society will be hosting for the first time this year.Tickets for the event go on sale on October 1st and are available at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, as well as on Eventbrite: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Literacy Society says that it has partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to become the Library’s regional affiliate in the Energetic City.Executive director Jessica Kalman said that the Literacy Society’s official partnership with the Imagination Library began on September 1st, and the Foundation is now accepting donations in anticipation opening up enrollments by next month.Country singer Dolly Parton started the Dollywood Foundation in 1986, and in 1995 the Imagination Library program was launched. The program provides enrolled children with a carefully-selected book every month until they turn 5, regardless of income. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s website or Facebook page.last_img read more