April, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    Learning about Live Mesh’s MOE



    Okay, I’m no developer but listening to Ori Amiga’s talk about Live Mesh I feel way more knowledgeable about the Mesh platform. Jeremy Mazner is there in the background chipping in with additional comments and they make a great team. I can imagine these guys are going to be rock stars at PDC08. Interestingly I’ve come across both these guys before in my career and like them both a lot – Ori was in Windows Mobile (more on that soon) and Jeremy was one of the early SharePoint guys.

    Anyway, go check out the video. If you’re a developer looking for more info on Live Mesh and how apps can be “meshified” this the place.

  • Steve Clayton

    Gillmor says yes to Live Mesh. I think



    I got lost about two thirds of the way in to this post from Steve Gillmor but the first third was a great read. Actually the whole thing was but I just got a bit lost as I think some of the things going on in Steve’s fast thinking brain didn’t quite make it through to the keyboard so you’re left having to assume some things. I’m assuming he likes Mesh though. I think he does. He certainly chaired a good discussion with David Treadwell on last weeks show. Like the Liveside guys, I loved this line

    “…..put your head down on the tracks and you’ll hear the superliner approaching: Live Mesh”

    Did the game change last week? I think so….it’s really just starting to sink in but I now find it unusual to not have Mesh on my devices. I really want to test on my phone and try some “meshified” applications.

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft’s datacenters – top 10 best practices



    I’ve written a little bit already on this blog about Microsoft’s datacenters and it’s something I suspect you’ll hear a lot more about over the next year. I’ll happily predict that Wired, the NY Times and The Financial Times will write on the topic more over the coming year. Why? Partly because it’s the new battleground for computing and the mainstream media will enjoy pitting the old (Microsoft) against the new (Google) and some other significant players like HP, EMC and Amazon. It’ll also be a hot topic because of the energy consumption of these massive datacenters.

    You can relatively easily put the X axis on the charts above but if you need some guidance, check out the Wired Information Factories article from 2006.

    The total of electricity consumed by major search engines in 2006 approaches 5 gigawatts. That's an impressive quantity of electricity. Five gigawatts is almost enough to power the Las Vegas metropolitan area – with all its hotels, casinos, restaurants, and convention centers – on the hottest day of the year.

    What I found even more intriguing about that article was that a third of the incoming power is lost to the grid's inefficiencies, and half of what's left lost to power supplies, transformers, and converters. Wow….that’s pretty expensive when you’re running several large datacenters and you biggest cost (to you and the environment) is power. There, efficient datacenters are worth their weight in kw’s. Back in February Microsoft mentioned it was publishing a whitepaper on Best Practices for Energy Efficiency in Microsoft Data Center Operations and I finally tracked down the paper, and a cool video.

    The 10 best practices are below and can be found on the Microsoft Environment site too.

    1. Engineer the data center for cost and energy efficiency.
    2. Optimize the design to assess multiple factors.
    3. Optimize provisioning for maximum efficiency and productivity.
    4. Monitor and control data center performance in real time.
    5. Make data center operational excellence part of organizational culture.
    6. Measure power usage effectiveness (PUE).
    7. Use temperature control and airflow distribution.
    8. Eliminate the mixing of hot and cold air.
    9. Use effective air-side or water-side economizers.
    10. Share and learn from industry partners.
  • Steve Clayton

    50 Ways to Help The Planet


    50 ways

    Does what is says – with beautifully simple design. thought provoking and easy to share.

  • Steve Clayton

    GillmorGang talks Live Mesh



    Dennis Howlett pointed me to this weeks GillmorGang and I decided to give it another shot following my disappointment with last weeks edition. I switched that off after about 25 minutes of listening to egosrus. Dennis promised me this one was worth a listen given they talked about Live Mesh instead of themselves. He was right. Note to self – Dennis is good as sorting the wheat from the chaff in this increasingly noisy world on the web.

    The chat was good – not just because it was about Mesh but because smart people were asking smart questions. Mike Arrington was kinda rude IMHO but hey-ho, what do I know. The rest of the gang made it a worthwhile listen for over an hour.

    The show centred around Live Mesh and David Treadwell, Corporate Vice President of Live Platform Services was dialled in to answer questions. I met David a last month and he demonstrated Live Mesh to an internal audience I’d helped bring together. He impressed me a lot – like many in Ray Ozzie’s organisation, he was free from hyperbole and gave straight answers to straight questions. He was also incredibly easy to work with – no airs and graces from David.

    He covered a wide range of questions on the GillmorGang and did so whilst maintaining a healthy respect for competitors and other Microsoft product groups.

    Anyway, the full transcript is online as is the MP3 should you wish to download.

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