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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...
9 Dec 2009
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...
27 Oct 2009
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...
18 Sep 2009
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...
6 Jul 2009
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...
5 Jun 2009
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...
21 Apr 2009
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...
20 Apr 2009
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...
13 Apr 2009
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...
22 Dec 2008
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...
27 Oct 2008
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...
27 Oct 2008
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