While in the Building 16, I worked on the mix of SharePoint with Cloud/Online services. Some may be interested understanding our branding options, as Microsoft is in. The best place to understand Microsoft Cloud story is this site: http://www.microsoft.com/cloud. But, here’s what I understood from what I learned being inside the story:
All our Datacenters are managed by the GFS division (Global Foundation Services). This division cross charge the others entities consuming its services, like the externally known ones (Live, Bing, BPOS, etc.), but also internally (like MSIT – the Microsoft Internal IT organization).
You can find more info on GFS here: http://www.globalfoundationservices.com/
Live services are mainly:
You can find more information on the Live Services here: http://www.live.com
These Services are aimed to businesses. Businesses is a wider market than only the Enterprises and Corporations. World Wide Services are oriented to Enterprises and Corporations (Support, Premier and Consulting). But the market target here is really every businesses, from Fortune 500 to Small and Medium Businesses in emerging markets. This a vast scope!
Azure is based on a platform (the Windows Azure Platform). This platform offer different “services” which mainly consist today in:
This set of services are provided as a platform to quickly create new applications and solutions. More info here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/products/default.aspx
BPOS is the abbreviation of “Business Productivity Online Suite”. It offers the Business Productivity Infrastructure from Microsoft in the Clouds. This infrastructure is mainly built leveraging Exchange, SharePoint, LiveMeeting and Office Communications Servers’ products. BPOS is available in 2 flavors:
These are the services which are the closest to what could be deployed on-premises. More info here: http://www.microsoft.com/online/
I missed to mention Windows Intune (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsintune/) which is a great service for security and workstations management. Its' aimed to businesses, but branded with the Live style sheet :-S.
SharePoint 2007 fits in:
SharePoint 2010 fits or will fit in:
Most of these Online Services share the same challenges. Among them, you find:
What is really in common here is to use Microsoft technologies to provide Internet scale services or Large hosting solutions.
Our aim is to find the best balance between the size, the markets and customers needs, and our internal industrialization efforts.
Ok, now you read 2 words very close to me: Automation and Industrialization....
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