Sharing some bits that I found interesting during the last week while reading about cloud computing.

 

Windows Azure Platform

This week was a pretty exciting week for those following the ventures of Microsoft into cloud computing. If you didn’t see the talk online, I recommend watching it on demand: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/cloud/videogallery.aspx

Our new site covering all things cloud is http://www.microsoft.com/cloud

And I do love the new theme: We’re all in. Windows is in, Office is in, SQL Server is in, SharePoint is in, and so on…

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On the more technical side of things, it was great to see the Beta 2 of AppFabric being released. Here’s the announcement on the Windows Server blog: http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/

Tools continue to be built. Here’s another Windows Azure Storage Browser:  http://clumsyleaf.com/products/cloudxplorer?utm_source=AzureMagic&utm_medium=twitter

This certainly sounds like a webcast signing up for:

March 26, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Title: Windows Azure Design Patterns
Link to Register: https://swrt.worktankseattle.com/webcast/4241/preview.aspx

Do you want your solution to shine at the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference? Read this: http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/archive/2010/03/03/submit-your-solution-for-the-windows-azure-platform-partner-of-the-year-award.aspx

 

Other Cloud related news

For other Microsoft independent news, I would just like to focus on this definition from cloud computing from NIST (http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/SNS/cloud-computing/):

Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models.

o 5 essential characteristics (on-demand self-service, resource pooling, elasticity, measured service, broad network access)

o 3 service models (IAAS, PAAS and SAAS)

o 4 deployment models (public cloud, private, community and hybrid cloud)

I do believe this is one of the best definitions I have seen so far. Especially the 5-3-4 part is very strong. 

 

 

See you next week!

Hans