Microsoft Architect Council on Cloud Computing – 12/16, Bellevue, WA

It’s time for another Architect Council.  Please feel free to pass this along to other colleagues who might be interesting in attending.  This discussion will primarily stay at the architecture level but some code-based demos will be shown.

Architect Council  | Cloud Computing and the 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.

Microsoft Azure Services Platform – Discussion on key components of the new Microsoft Azure Services Platform with an overview of .NET Services, SQL Services, and underlying Foundational Services. A key component in cloud computing is the ability to compose multiple cloud-based services from different organizations into a logical unit to serve a specific purpose. However, connecting, orchestrating, and managing services in the cloud still require a level of sophistication similar to enterprise SOA implementations. We will take a look at an implementation of multiple-enterprise business applications utilizing Azure Services to facilitate cloud-based transactions that connect and span heterogeneous organizations.

Live Services – Discussion on Microsoft's Live Mesh, a platform designed to combine the world of the web and the world of digital devices. You will learn about the underlying service architecture behind this mass-scale cloud service and client platform, including services such as FeedSync-based synchronization, security, P2P communications, pub-sub infrastructure, and the Live Operating Environment.


11:45 AM  Arrival

12:00 PM  Lunch and announcements

01:00 PM  Microsoft and Cloud Computing

02:30 PM  Microsoft Azure Services Platform

04:00 PM  Live Services

05:15 PM  Raffle and close


To register, please click on the link below or call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8368).

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



David Chou

Architect, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Corporation

David is an architect in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group at Microsoft, where he collaborates with local organizations in architecture, design, and proof-of-concept projects. Drawing on experiences from his previous jobs at Accenture and Sun Microsystems, David enjoys helping customers create value from using objective and pragmatic approaches to define IT strategies and solution architectures.


Woody Pewitt

Technology Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Corporation

Woody is a Technology Evangelist with Microsoft in Southern California. He gets to work with all kinds of people who are interested in Microsoft development technologies. He is an experienced teacher/trainer and is a part-time instructor at University of California San Diego.

Before joining Microsoft in 2005 he worked for as a Principal Engineer for a Microsoft partner, InterKnowlogy. He has been involved in software and system architecture, code, development and infrastructure reviews and analysis of several fortune 500 companies for salability, security, performance and standards & practices. He is also an accomplished author, having written Microsoft Official Curriculum and has authored several published magazine articles.

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