Cloud operating systems

2018. Largest software deal ever: IBM acquires Red Hat

IBM is to acquire Red Hat, a company that develops Linux operating system distributives. Linux is widely used in cloud computing platforms and this is the reason why IBM is making this deal. And  it turned out that this is a new record on the software market. Until now, the record belonged to Microsoft, which in 2016 bought LinkedIn social network for $26.2 billion. And if taking into account all IT deals, the new IBM purchase ranks 3rd. At the first place - the acquisition of EMC (the manufacturer of data storage systems) by Dell in 2015 ($67 billion).

2013. Microsoft pushing Cloud OS

As you know, Microsoft's Windows Azure is the leader in cloud platform market. It's just one of several options along with Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, OpenStack, VMWare vCloud. This situation is very frustrating for Microsoft, which used to be the exclusive platform (OS) vendor. Therefore, Microsoft is coming up with a new thing - Cloud OS. This is not a specific product, but rather a marketing term incorporating several systems: first of all Windows Azure, Windows Server and System Center. The idea is that the Cloud (the legendary thing that stores and processes data) is usually located not in the farm of specific provider (Amazon, Google or Microsoft). It also lives in a rented or own Internet servers and in the office (on local servers). Depending on task, budget and security requirements, each company may choose on where to host data and applications.

2010. Windows Azure - available. Google Apps Store - soon.

Today Microsoft has officially opened its cloud platform Windows Azure. It's a cloud for deploying SaaS services and hosting enterprise applications, that provides Microsoft-focused infrastructure and development tools. However, Azure also supports PHP, MySQL, Ruby on Rails, Python, Java, Eclipse and Zend. The main Azure advantage over Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud is the high level of automation, allowing developers to focuse on their applications, rather than on the infrastructure. In addition, this platform enables to integrate hosted apps with the local IT infrastructure with the help of SOAP, REST and XML (thus supporting Microsoft's S+S strategy). The cost of using Windows Azure - is lower than the cost of Windows-infrastructure, built on Amazon.