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  • Blog Post: Microsoft creates a “Server and Cloud Division”

    The Windows Server Division weblog announced yesterday that the people who build Windows Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server, SQL Azure, Visual Studio and System Center will all now be part of the same organization, Server and Cloud Division (SCD).   This re-org is part of a transition for the...
  • Blog Post: New Type of Cloud Computing Vulnerability?

    The MIT Technology Review magazine recently reported that next month Eran Tromer, a postdoctoral reseacher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, will present research suggesting that Amazon’s EC 2, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud computing offering, may be vulnerable to a form...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Service Managment API now in CTP

    The Windows Azure team released a Community Technology Preview of the Windows Azure Service Management API the other day.  This API is REST-based, and currently supports the following operations (according to the Windows Azure team blog): Deployments – Viewing, creating, deleting, swapping, modifying...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Windows Azure in one slide

    NOTE: Microsoft just changed the branding a bit so this slide needs to be updated - basically, the Azure Service Platform becomes the Windows Azure Platform, SQL Data Services becomes SQL Azure. Live Services leaves the platform (does not go away, but will emphasize affinity with Windows). -JCM July...
  • Blog Post: Ray Ozzie speaks on Google Wave

    Courtesy of Ina Fried , here’s Ray Ozzie speaking about Google Wave at Silicon Valley’s Churchhill Club.    In a nutshell, Ozzie compares Google Wave to Groove, and calls it anti-web because the ethos of the web is about open data formats, open protocols, and technologies that are simple enough...
  • Blog Post: From Cloudy in Seattle: The Easy Way to Install the Windows Azure Tools and SDK Pre-Requisites

    Jim Nakashima has a handy little post here on an easy way to get all the Windows Azure tools and SDK pre-requites installed.  The secret is to use the Web Platform Installer, which you can get here .  But read Jim’s post for the step-by-step guidance, links to a few hot fixes to manually install...
  • Blog Post: McKinsey on the cloud: Nick Carr gets it right

    Was thinking about posting a response to the recent McKinsey report on cloud computing for large enterprises, but then came across Nick Carr’s post and he’s spared me the task.  :-)  Nick’s analysis is spot on, and is worth quoting a full paragraph.  “Nevertheless, the McKinsey analysis...
  • Blog Post: Symmetry between SQL Server and SQL Data Services – video interview

    Patric McElroy, Group Program Manager of SQL Data Services team talks with Michael Cote of RedMonk about what’s coming with the new SDS, and where there will be symmetry with SQL Server.  Really nice interview!  This was recorded a few weeks back at MIX09.  A few nuggets that stood out...
  • Blog Post: Ever wondered how Windows Azure works?

    David Lemphers has a post here that digs into a few of the details, and is worth a look.  And thanks to Steve Clayton for pointing it out.   See David’s post for pretty pictures and more details on how the VMs are apportioned, how much effective compute capacity each Guest VM has, etc...
  • Blog Post: Live Blogging at PDC - Microsoft says it will offer ALL Enterprise software online

    Not moving to simple software as a service, but providing a choice of on premise or subscription from the cloud. Ray Ozzie calls has called this Server-service symmetry. And the online services will not just be “fixed” applications, but in the future will be platforms that support custom solution development...
  • Blog Post: Live Blogging at PDC 2008 – Ray Ozzie’s keynote: Introduce Windows Azure

    Headline: Windows Azure, Windows in the Cloud, released as CTP See the video stream here: www.microsoftpdc.com Key theme: Transformation toward services, and enabling a new generation of apps that span the pc, web, and phone Today: focusing on back end of that – data centers in the cloud Some have recently...
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