Sunday, December 11, 2011
Windows Azure, [not grand] finale
It appears that while Windows Azure has a lot of good points (for example, the idea of PaaS is pretty good, since Web Roles look not that much different from the fabled Heroku deployment), the built-in limitations (like 20 cores limitation per account) and the inability to run different OSes (custom Windows images via VM Role are fine, but we need Linux also) will make our migration much harder. In fact, we only need Windows for application servers, Linux runs everything other just fine and is much easier to staff. So, while Azure looked fine in the first place, it looks like Amazon Web Services would be our choice (yes, it has its own bad limits like 2Gbps EC2->EBS bandwidth cap, yet it appears to be more flexible).