October, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft hits F5 on the Software plus Services website



    From the people who brought you that amazingly cool Live Mesh video…..finally a website to do our Software plus Services vision justice. I know, i know….the video is in WMV right now but I think the video quality does it justice. I’ll be back with a Silverlight version soon but you can get it direct from the site too.

    Enjoy the rest of the site at www.microsoft.com/softwareplusservices

  • Steve Clayton

    An Azure Grab Bag



    I’m delighted to see Windows Azure on the BBC News Homepage today – hats off to my pal James Tutt and some fine work by Rory Cellan- Jones. They have one more trick up their sleeve I believe.

    As an avid BBC reader you will want to know more about Azure of course. Look no further



    Windows Azure Datasheet
    Windows® Azure™ is the cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting, and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers on-demand compute & storage to host, scale, and manage web applications and services on the internet in Microsoft data centers.


    Microsoft .NET Services Datasheet
    Microsoft® .NET Services are a set of Microsoft-hosted, highly scalable, developer-oriented services that provide key building blocks required by many cloud-based and cloud-aware applications. This datasheet gives you an in-depth overview of these services including workflow, access control, and service bus connectivity.


    Microsoft SQL Services Datasheet
    Microsoft® SQL Services delivers on Microsoft’s Data Platform vision of extending the SQL Server capabilities in the cloud as web-based services. SQL Services will deliver a rich set of integrated services that enable you to perform relational queries, search, reporting, analytics, integration and synchronize data with mobile users, remote offices and business partners. This datasheet provides details on how these services can help you with flexibility, scalability, and developer agility.


    Live Services Datasheet
    Live Services are a set of building blocks for handling user data and application resources. Live Services enable developers to build rich social applications and experiences, connect with over 460 million Windows Live users, and extend web applications across multiple devices.


    Interoperability with the Azure Services Platform – Java/Ruby SDK for .NET Services

  • Steve Clayton

    My Long Wait Is Over: Azure is here



    Was it worth the wait? Well for me it was a weird morning…I went to sleep at 02:30 after writing a long email that goes out of out worldwide General Managers and a number of other people inside the business. The timing was crucial and I was editing at the last minute in the keynote room. We got it out…phew.

    It was weird that because I felt on edge, nervous even as I knew what was about to happen. 3 years or work, all about to be outed during 90 minutes of keynotes. I know a lot of the folks behind the scenes, writing slides, fixing demos, readying the websites and preparing so many moving parts. I just wanted it all to work and everyone to have a great morning. I think they all did. The keynote went well IMHO and www.azure.com went live at just the right moment. And then Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree. It was a great feeling and there was more energy on Twitter than in the room at times. I think many in the room were trying to grasp what had just been announced.

    What does it mean to me? Well as I said earlier it feels a lot like Windows all over again – a platform that spawned an amazing ecosystem and business opportunity. That same platform just moved to the cloud. If you can write a Windows app, you can now write a cloud application. If you want to build the next Facebook, YouTube or something similar we have a huge, scalable platform in the cloud comprised of computing, storage and development services (API’s). If you want to simulate that on your desktop, you’ll be able to do that too.

    This really is a HUGE announcement for Microsoft. Behind all of this a series of datacenters of an unbelievable scale.

    For me, this is nothing short of Microsoft 3.0 – from a PC company, to a server company to a cloud company.


    It’s going to be tough to actually go out tonight rather than sit at my PC and watch the coverage develop. I think I’ll treat myself to a beer or two and hang our at The Standard. Maybe see you there…..

  • Steve Clayton

    Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform



    Finally, no more Red Dog….Windows Azure is here and so is the Azure Services Platform

  • Steve Clayton

    Clearing Clouds



    Tim O’Reilly sits atop Techmeme at the moment with his post on Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing. It reminded me of Andreessen on Platforms from just over a year ago. Good to see my old pal Hugh involved in this debate too as he often brings some sanity in a world of geekdom – though other times I think he’s more of a geek that the rest of us.

    Anyway, all of these post serve to illustrate that Cloud Computing is on the same or greater trajectory than Web 2.0 was back when Tim originally coined the term. If you’re an IT guy worth your salt, you’ll need an opinion on this stuff. The same way you had to have an opinion on Web 2.0 so Marc and Tim’s posts are both good reads that will prime you in business models and technical architectures.

    The simple fact is though that nobody knows where Cloud Computing is headed and the term is pretty loosely used which creates for more confusion and more opportunity for experts to weigh in with their opinion.

    Me, I’m no expert but like Tim I think the platform part of Cloud Computing has the potential to be the big game changer. Microsoft will play a part I’m sure but this is a brave new frontier we’re all crossing. In many ways it reminds me of the Windows– a platform that created an unbelievable ecosystem. I suspect it’s only going to get more interesting tomorrow morning.

    I wish I was headed down to Web 2.0 now to see Tim’s take on things.

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