Archive for October, 2008

Microsoft PDC2008: Ozzie Introduces Azure

October 30, 2008 Comments off
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie started off the company’s 2008 Professional Developer Conference With a discussion of the back-end , server parts of the company’s "software plus services strategy.
He introduced the new Windows cloud service, called Windows Azure – a new offering at the web tier of computing. (He thinks of tier one as individual clients – like Vista and Mobile; tier two as the enterprise, with products like Windows Server; and tier three as the web.)

Azure is a set of web services hosted on Microsoft’s servers, coming out now as a technology preview, but adding more features over time. Ozzie talked about how this builds up to a new "Azure Services Platform" – with the initial services including Live Services, .NET services, SQL services, SharePoint Services, and the Dynamics CRM Services all part of the platform.

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The Cloud will need Infrastructure 2.0

October 20, 2008 Comments off
"Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating pressures on an already tired network infrastructure…."

Microsoft moves deeper into the software services arena

October 20, 2008 Comments off

"After a year or two of sticking a toe in the managed-services waters, Microsoft has decided to take the full software-as-a-service plunge — at least for some of its enterprise apps.

Contrary to rumors circulating around the blogosphere over the weekend, the company is not rolling out a Web-based version of Office. Instead, Microsoft is expanding the scope of its Microsoft-managed business services around SharePoint and Exchange, as company officials told me under an embargo on Friday.

Until now, Microsoft was offering what it has branded SharePoint Online and Exchange Online — a k a Microsoft-hosted versions of its SharePoint Server and Exchange Server products — only to very large enterprise customers with 5,000 users or more. But on March 3, Microsoft will be opening up a beta of Microsoft-hosted SharePoint and Exchange (via which Microsoft hosts your service and your data) to companies of any size.

Microsoft officials are stressing that the company is not moving away from its “Software plus Services” strategy/branding, via which the company is offering customers a choice of running Microsoft software on-premise, via Microsoft partners and/or in Microsoft datacenters, hosted by Microsoft. But with this latest announcement, there’s no denying Microsoft is accelerating its presence in the managed service space, which Google, and others of its services-focused competitors dominate…"

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What comes after S+S? A truly unified client-cloud platform

October 20, 2008 Comments off
Many consider Software + Services (S+S) to be Microsoft’s way of keeping its PC-software money-making machine afloat while the cloud-computing waves come rushing in. But that view ignores the reality that it actually does makes sense to run some applications and/or pieces of applications locally, and others off-premises in remote datacenters.  Do you think unifying the cloud and client is more than just a way for Microsoft to try to hold onto the past? Do you agree there are some applications that don’t make sense to run as “cloud only”?

Tech-ed 2008 Barcelona

October 1, 2008 Comments off
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