TechEd USA 2009 wrap up

Friday concluded this year’s TechED: North America. We were delighted to have thousands of developers, IT professionals and technology decision makers in attendance, gaining insights into how to make their applications, infrastructures and businesses more innovative and cost effective. Both continue to be core priorities in today’s economy.   Bill Veghte announced the availability of…

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Two flavors of cloud computing – Public and Private

Six years ago we announced a multi-year, multi-product vision for the Enterprise which we called Dynamic IT.  The principles were simple – virtualization, model driven, services oriented and user centric.  Shortly thereafter, we began to conceptualize a services-based offering in the cloud which culminated in our Azure Services Platform announcement last October.  These two initiatives…

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Walking the Walk – the Cloud and Standards

Earlier today, the DMTF announced the creation of the “Open Standards Cloud Incubator” group which will specifically focus on developing a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management.  This is one of what will probably be a number of important efforts to drive additional value and choice for customers.  This particular effort may catch…

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.NET Services – Cloud Interoperability

Speaking of standards – I’m thrilled to report that we will release the “M5” (Milestone 5) CTP (Community Technology Preview – think Beta) for .NET Services (part of the Azure Services Platform) tomorrow!  For those who aren’t familiar with this effort, here’s the primer… Almost two years ago, we introduced these services – Service Bus…

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Moving beyond the “Manifesto”

As you might expect, several of us spent most of Thursday and Friday last week in conversations with developers, standards body members and other vendors regarding open standards for cloud computing and how we get there collaboratively. Being in this industry for so many years, I remember a time when new technologies and platforms did…

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Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability

Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability   From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront.  As those who are using it will tell you, the Azure Services Platform is an open and flexible platform that is defined by web addressability, SOAP, XML, and…

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Windows Azure and Windows Server – Licensing Model

Press and blog coverage over the last few weeks spurred several folks to ask questions about our licensing model for cloud technology – specifically Windows Azure. I posted a blog last week which covered a variety of topics related to Azure (Microsoft’s Cloud Services Platform). It’s clear from the feedback that it addressed a variety of…

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Web Computing – Premsises, Hosting and Cloud

I had the privilege of talking to a number of customers, members of the community and reporters last week about our web / cloud technologies.  In those conversations, a few things became clear.  First, there is a ton of interest (in general) about cloud computing with folks wanting to understand what it is and how…

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Microsoft’s Annual SOA and BP conference – SOA meets Cloud

Today we wrapped up the 6th annual SOA and BP conference here in Redmond.  This was the 14th stop on the tour which continues around the world thru April.  Yesterday, I had the privilege of delivering the keynote to kick off the conference and took that opportunity to talk about both the last few weeks…

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