Microsoft and cloud interoperability

[click image for full size version]   The cloud is everywhere – literally, but also in the mainstream press as well as the IT press these days. We all use it with no real concern for the technology going on in the background though I’d argue that will come under the spotlight more and more…


The cloud in Europe – challenges and opportunities

In the last hour, Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Microsoft gave a speech titled “Technology leadership in the 21st century: How cloud computing will change our world”. It follows a similar speech he gave last week in the US about building confidence in the cloud. In that speech, he made some…


Microsoft acquires Opalis

We just announced we’ve acquired Opalis Software, a Toronto-based private company that is a leader in IT process automation software. Opalis will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. What do they do? Opalis v6.0 automates the integration and orchestration of cloud actions such as: Cloud Bursting – automate public cloud provisioning to handle peak loads…


Windows Azure means business

At the Professional Developers Conference last month, Ray Ozzie and Bob Muglia made a series of announcements around Microsoft’s cloud platform that moved us from something of interest to developers to something that I think will catch the attention of CIO’s too. A few things of note App Fabric & Project Sydney – bringing cloud…

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Optimal Workloads for the cloud

This is one of my favourite slides from the PDC last week – it comes from the session titled Windows Azure Platform Business Model “Transforming to a services business“ by my friend Dianne O’Brien. When talking to customers, colleagues and journalists I often talk about these models and Dianne’s slide will help me leave people…


Economist Debates: Cloud Computing

  There is an interesting debate under way over at Economist Debates on Cloud computing and whether it can be trusted. It pits Stephen Elop who runs the Microsoft Business Division (think Office, SharePoint etc) against Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com – as you can imagine, they don’t exactly see eye to eye. Both have strong…


Microsoft sees a silver lining in the cloud

   [credit: Sunday Times] The Sunday Times here in the UK had a lengthy interview with Stephen Elop yesterday under the title Microsoft sees a silver lining in the cloud. It covered the impact of the cloud at Microsoft and reaffirmed that Microsoft is not “just flirting with it, they were going the whole hog”….


Microsoft’s future is cloudy

Is Microsoft late to the cloud or early? I read the NY Times today who posited that Microsoft is late to cloud computing whilst the cover story of The Economist is “The Battle over cloud computing” and acknowledges that Microsoft has in fact been cloud for some time with services like XBOX Live. Both of…

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History of the cloud

from geekandpoke…though funny it’s technically not really right unless PC’s were doing virtualisation back then?

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Microsoft’s containers roll in to the data center

Microsoft Chicago Data Center Container Bay   I love Dave’s GreenM3 blog – it’s my go to place for data center news. So much so that I just got the info about our own Chicago data center opening over at his site. Of particular interest was the coverage of the containers being used there. Lots…

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