Architect Council – Cloud Computing and Impact on Architecture

Cloud computing is a disruptive force that has the potential to change everything, but how do we take advantage of it? At Microsoft, cloud computing is a major component of our technology strategy and platform, and a rich and massively scalable cloud platform called the Azure Services Platform was just unveiled at PDC by Ray Ozzie (Ray’s keynote). Come for a discussion on how Microsoft’s platform can be leveraged to create a new class of applications that are more connected, dynamic, and can extend existing IT investments towards cloud computing.

Facilitated by Microsoft, the premise of this group is to provide an open forum where architects can meet to discuss technologies with their peers.  This forum will provide first-hand experience and best practices that will enable its members to learn from each other and transfer knowledge. Please join us for this great opportunity to learn, share and network with your peers and other company leaders.


Microsoft and Cloud Computing – Cloud computing represents the new wave of innovation that will significantly transform many aspects of computing as we know today. During this session, we will discuss Microsoft’s outlook and strategy in moving towards cloud computing, providing the next-generation cloud-based platform for building services in the cloud. We will also take discuss what cloud-based applications may look like, and how they need to be architected differently from today’s on-premise enterprise applications in various scenarios.

Live Services Platform – A deeper look into the Live Services component of the Azure Services Platform, designed to combine the world of the web and the world of digital devices. We will discuss the underlying service architecture behind this mass-scale cloud service and client platform, and how to build applications using Live Identity Service, Synch Service, Resource Model Service, Device Management Service, Notification Service, and Presence Service.

Azure Services Platform – Discussion on the enterprise-class components of the Microsoft Azure Services platform, with an overview of .NET Services (Access Control Service, Workflow Service, and Service Bus), SQL Services (SQL Data Services, SQL Reporting Services, and SQL Data Analysis Services), and Windows Azure (Compute Service, Management Service, and Storage Service). We will take a look at what these services provide, their long-term roadmaps, and discuss guidance on how they can used.


11:45 AM  Arrival

12:00 PM  Lunch and announcements

01:00 PM  Microsoft and Cloud Computing

02:00 PM  Live Services Platform

03:15 PM  Azure Services Platform

04:30 PM  Open discussion

05:15 PM  Raffle and close


Register for a date and location near you! To register, please click on the link below (note - referral code not required to register) or call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8368).

November 18, 2008 | Mountain View, CA
Microsoft Corporation
1065 La Avenida,  Building 1
Mountain View, CA 94043
Main: 650.693.4000
Registration Link:
Event ID: 1032393291

December 4, 2008 | Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Corporation
333 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 3300
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Main: 213.807.7300
Registration Link:
Event ID: 1032393292

December 9, 2008 | Phoenix, AZ
Microsoft Corporation
2929 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1400
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Main: 602.280.8600
Registration Link:
Event ID: 1032393293

December 11, 2008 | Irvine, CA
Microsoft Corporation
1800 Park Plaza, Suite 1600
Irvine, CA 92614
Main: 949.263.3000
Registration Link:
Event ID: 1032393294

December 16, 2008 | Bellevue, WA
Microsoft Corporation
Civica Office Building
205 108th Avenue NE, Suite 400
Bellevue, WA 98004
Main: 425.705.1900
Registration Link:
Event ID: 1032393295

December 18, 2008 | San Francisco, CA
Microsoft Corporation
835 Market Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94103
Main: 415.972.6400
Registration Link:
Event ID: 1032393296

Comments (4)

  1. It has been a couple of months since I wrote about cloud computing and Microsoft’s plans and strategies

  2. It has been a couple of months since I wrote about cloud computing and Microsoft’s plans and strategies

  3. It has been a couple of months since I wrote about cloud computing and Microsoft’s plans and strategies

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