ARCast.TV - Behind the Cloud::How Microsoft Deploys Azure

One of the most impressive elements on the Microsoft PDC Show floor has been a Windows Azure showcase container.   Designed by Microsoft and built by Dell, this impressive piece of hardware is a key for our datacenter strategy that reduces the time it takes for us to deploy a major datacenter from years to just…

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Microsoft on Open Source, OData, the Web and the Cloud at OSBC

Jas Sandhu has a great recap of Microsoft’s participation in the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) that was held in San Francisco on March 17-18, 2010 on the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog. Technorati Tags: Open Source,OData,Cloud Computing,OSBC   

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Microsoft Announces: We are “All In” the Cloud

In this blog post I discuss the recent announcement that Microsoft is “All In” the Cloud and how how twenty million businesses and over a billion people use Microsoft cloud services today. It also covers a major speech on the subject given by Steve Ballmer at the University of Washington recently. Bill Zack   Technorati…

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A Pragmatic Hybrid Approach to Cloud Computing

The paper on Cloud Computing that is referenced in this article (Outlook: Partly Cloudy with Sunny Spells to Follow) is one of the best treatments of the subject of Public, Private and Hybrid clouds that I have ever read. It was written and delivered at a Cloud Computing event in the UK. “Last week over…

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The Danger in Relying on the Electric Utility Model for the Cloud

Sitting in my nth Cloud symposium last week I again heard the argument that the Cloud should be modeled after an electric power utility. You just plug into it and stuff works.  This analogy has been used lots of places, most recently in Nicholas Carr’s book The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to…

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IT Architecture in 2010: Editor's Choice

Diego Dagum, editor-in-chief at the Architecture Journal, has posted links to a set of articles that lay out the future for cloud computing:   [ZDNet] The decade in tech: Top 5 stories of the 00s (video) From the Google IPO, to the rise of social networking, it’s been an important decade for tech innovation, Two…

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New tools for Windows Azure

On February 1st we released the latest version of the Windows Azure Tools and SDK Version 1.1.  This release adds support for Windows Azure mountable Drives as well as numerous bug fixes.  The new Drives feature is designed to support moving applications that currently address the NTFS file system into the cloud.  With this feature…

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Windows Azure TCO/ROI Calculator Available Online & Offline

A while back we told you about the Windows Azure TCO/ROI calculator designed to help you measure the potential savings of product development or migration to Windows Azure platform services. At the time the calculator was only available on-line. Now it is available off-line as well.  You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/tco/. For more details…

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ARCast.TV - Cloud Computing is for Small Companies Too

Cloud Computing is often presented as an esoteric technology that is only interesting to large companies. In point of fact, small- and medium-sized companies will find the economics and technology opportunities very compelling. This weeks ARCast.TV episode features Shy Cohen and Michael Stiefel discussing why this is so, and why small- and medium-sized companies should…

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ARCast.TV - CxO Level Discussion about Cloud Computing

What are the business considerations, the risks and benefits, when considering cloud computing options, strategies, and trends? Check out this discussion between Miha Kralj and Zhiming Xue. Technorati Tags: ARCast,Architects,Architecture,Cloud Computing,CxO,Miha Kralj,TechTalk,Thought Leadershipt Leadership      

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