Cloud Wars

Although not quite the edge-of-your-seat action of Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, the first salvo across the bow was fired by Google and Amazon responded in matter of minutes. We are of course talking about Cloud Wars; and the first battle significant battle over pricing . Google announced a 32% reduction for their Compute Engine and a 68% reduction for their cloud storage. Amazon responded with a similar reduction which will take effect on April 1st. No word from Microsoft yet, but we're hedging it is only matter of time before Microsoft announces a significant drop in their pricing as well.

The reduction is well overdue, considering how much hardware pricing has fallen over the past year. It is also signals a maturity of cloud vendor offerings. The bad news is for all the smaller vendors out there, which do not have the economy of scale these large organizations have. The pressure on pricing will only increase over time; leading to further consolidation and forcing all vendors to come to the table with unique offerings in order to differentiate themselves in the market.

In the mean time, enjoy the lower prices. (Thanks to Graeme and Andrea for sending me the articles!)  

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This week brought some interesting articles and news worth taking note of:
- Turkey became the latest country attempting to ban social media. Twitter and YouTube being the casualties in this one. It is a sign of desperation. Even China, with thousands of people controlling the Internet, has hard time keeping things under control. There are so many ways to circumvent this ban. So, good luck with that Mr. Erdogan! 
- Mark 2016 on your calendars! October will bring the first Cybathlon - the Olympics for bionic athletes. The combination of humans and technology will be on display for the world to see.
- It is official! 3D printing has gone mainstream. This week HP announced they will releasing their plans in June, targeting the enterprise space first.
- Microsoft released Office for iPad. Finally somebody woke up and realized that people want to create documents on non-Windows devices. Did Steve Balmer leave the building?
- With it's acquisition of Basis Science, Intel is getting serious about about wearable technology; the next frontier after mobile.

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