Archive for April, 2009

Microsoft S+S – The ARC Magazine

April 25, 2009 Comments off

The Arc Magazine

A multi-part publication showcasing the Microsoft ‘Software + Services’ strategy from an architectural perspective. Delivered in 4 issues, The Arc explores the fundamental architectural considerations and the impact of the Software + Services (S+S) transition, and offers viewpoints on the following:

  • Issue 1: The Business case for S+S
  • Issue 2: The Implications of S+S: Architectural considerations
  • Issue 3: Identity for S+S: Why care?
  • Issue 4: S+S and the Cloud: Platform Architecture & Solutions

Issue 1 is now published and aims to give Architects, IT Professionals and Software Developers a deeper understanding of the business case for S+S. You can read an overview of the content below and the full publication is available to download free of charge. In subsequent issues we will address the technical architecture of S+S in more depth so please ensure you bookmark this page for updates. The remaining 3 issues will follow in March and April.

Issue 2 is now available for you to download which showcases the Microsoft Software + Services (S+S) strategy from an architectural perspective and will help explain the fundamental architectural considerations and impact that software plus services will have.  

In subsequent issues we will address the technical architecture of S+S in more depth so please ensure you bookmark this page for updates. The remaining 2 issues will follow in April.

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You say On-Premise… I say On-Premises…

April 25, 2009 Comments off
The use of the term ‘on-premise’ is a real bee in my bonnet.  It seems to have propogated throughtout the industry and even Microsoft themselves cant seem to use the term correctly.
It is in fact incorrect/ bad english grammar to use the term ‘Premise’ ..the term meant/ eluded to is actually ‘Premises’ as in ‘On-Premises’. .To backup my argument both Wikipedia and Gianpaolo Carrero (Microsoft) are both with me on this one….
“…On-premise software, is a common, although incorrect name for on-premises software. On-premises software is installed and run on computers on the premises (in the building) of the person or organisation using the software, rather than at a remote facility, such as at a server farm somewhere on the internet…
…. Grammatically, the correct term is ‘on-premises’ software, because the word premises does not have different singular and plural forms. Irrespective of correctness, however, ‘on-premise’ is sometimes used…”
“…Premises are land and buildings together considered as a property. ….Some people suppose that since “premises” looks like a plural, a single house or other piece of property must be a “premise”; but the word “premise” is reserved for use as a term in logic meaning something assumed or taken as given in making an argument….”

Anybody else have any thoughts or is it just me and Gianpaolo against the world ;o)

A history of Cloud Computing

April 23, 2009 Comments off
Cloud computing has evolved through a number of phases which include grid and utility computing, application service provision (ASP), and Software as a Service (SaaS)…
…One of the first milestones for cloud computing was the arrival of in 1999, which pioneered the concept of delivering enterprise applications via a simple website. The services firm paved the way for both specialist and mainstream software firms to deliver applications over the internet.
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Cloud Slam 09 – Cloud Computing Virtual Conference

April 22, 2009 Comments off
"The 1st Annual Virtual Conference on Cloud Computing is hosted online April 20-24, 2009.
This conference is the global cloud computing event, covering latest trends and innovations in the world of cloud computing. Conference panels, workshops, and tutorials are selected to cover a range of the hottest topics in cloud computing"

Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

April 20, 2009 Comments off
Following on from my Exchange announcement post. This is from Microsoft Team Blog….

Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

You have probably seen the news announcement today where we announced the public beta for the new Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. As part of that announcement, we also talked about some of the names for the “14” wave of products including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. I wanted to answer some questions that I think will inevitably pop to the top of your mind:

What happened to the Office piece of the name? We love MOSS. . . .

The first thing you’ll notice is that the MOSS acronym goes away with the new name since Office is no longer in the SharePoint official name. No one should worry that SharePoint doesn’t work great with Office 2010 since we removed Office from the name, just like people didn’t worry whether SharePoint was a great portal product when we removed Portal from the 2007 name.

The primary reason why we took Office out of the name – lots of folks associate the name Office with the Office client. We wanted to take the opportunity to reestablish the Office name and brand to be synonymous with the client suite. I say “Give the people what they Want” so everyone should immediately think of Microsoft Office = Office apps.

Don’t try to acronym Microsoft SharePoint Server to MSS since MSS is already taken by Microsoft Search Server. Just remember, SharePoint is SharePoint is SharePoint.

What about Windows SharePoint Services?

When you read through the announcement, you may be wondering what happened to Windows SharePoint Services. While we didn’t announcement anything new for WSS, and I want to assure you that we’re definitely working on a new v4 version of the product. It’s too early to drill into any of the details but WSS is getting a lot of new features and will be a great release. We’ll talk more about WSS at a later date.

So, what was announced?

Here are my key takeaways from the interview with Chris Capossela:

• Exchange 2010 will lead the way for the 2010 (previously referred by its codename “14”) wave of technologies and it will be available in the second half of 2009. You can download a beta today.

• Using Office Web applications, customers will be able to create, edit and collaborate on Office documents through a browser.

• IT professionals will be able to choose to either deploy and manage on-premises or hosted as a service.

• For developers, we are working on Open APIs, deep support for industry standards and developer tool support with Visual Studio 2010.

You can read the entire interview here.

Categories: Sharepoint

Making shoes for the cobblers children

April 18, 2009 Comments off

Exchange 2010 re-architected for the Hosting Platform

April 15, 2009 Comments off
"Changes to Exchange 2010 under the hood make it a natural hosting platform while the 2007 version was not … Before, the hosting platform was an add-on (to Exchange), now it is built into the product,” says Julia White, director of Exchange product management.

But some early testers say moving to a hybrid environment that combines on-premises and hosted mailboxes isn’t as easy as Microsoft might make it sound and although there is good progress users should be cautious.

"To do some of these things they had to do some significant re-architecting of the product,” said one tester who asked not to be identified. “Some might think that is akin to a Version 1 product.” The tester said Microsoft still has to work through some of the kinks, but that none of them are showstoppers.

Categories: Exchange Server
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