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 Azure cloud business from a set of…

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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 of eavesdropping and other attacks.  Tromer and his fellow researchers (who are from…

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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 configuration settings, changing instance counts, and updating the deployment. Listing and viewing…

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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 14, 2009 Here’s an intro to Windows Azure…

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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 for people to implement themselves.  He…

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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 is a valuable one, not least because it…

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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 to me: SDS will support…

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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.  For more…

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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.  Additionally, hybrid approaches will be…

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