The new metrics in the Liftr Index are on display this week, as changes to the core formula cause dramatic swings in the index scores. In the brand new Global Presence category, Microsoft Azure bats low due to the lack of redundancy in their network. Despite having nearly double the availability regions as AWS, Azure lacks redundancy in many of these zones. Google Cloud trails AWS slightly, though both have sprung far ahead of Azure in the new category.
Also from the update earlier this week, the ROI category has shifted to a smaller sample set, allowing for a greater level of growth going into the future. The overall relationship between each of the providers did not change with the update in this section. Reliability is also down for Google Cloud this week, causing a small drop in the overall Liftr score.
Microsoft is catching up in the number of availability zones available to its customers. A new region in Georgia this month is just one of the many the Azure giant has in store. They are currently previewing new zones in the US, West Europe, and Southeast Asian to supplement the existing available zones in France and Central US.
Google announced a new set of updates to its Cloud-based databases services, the first of which is a beta launch of Cloud memory store for Redis, a fully managed in-memory data store that gives users more flexibility when configuring capacity buffering. They are also planning to release Cloud Bigtable, an interestingly named NoSQL database solution for large workloads and even larger datasets. Regional Replication is also rolling out this week, giving companies a redundant alternative to Cassandra that exists entirely within the Google Cloud infrastructure. A 99.95 percent service-level agreement will now be available for Cloud SQL and PostgreSQL.
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