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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

6 responses to “Microsoft Does It Right And Oracle Claims They Are Right”

  1. Denis Pombriant

    Well done!
    I think Oracle and MSFT are different enough to warrant different diagnoses. I see ORCL doing much more in the app space of tomorrow than MSFT. That’s not a criticism of either but Oracle’s focus on commerce will take some of the attention away from PaaS. MSFT has a lot of partners doing good things but they are one degree removed and hence the spotlight ends up on MSFT’s platform. I think ORCL is aiming to take the platform out of the equation by saying they can check the box. They will now run quickly back to the apps business which I believe is a bigger money maker for them.`

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  3. Thris Alexander

    I think both are right in their own ways. So lets wait and see what the jury decide about it.
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