Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another New Site launched by Microsoft on S + S

Derek pointed out to me today that Microsoft launched another new site - Software + Services yesterday. I like that video on the homepage showing how the "Microsoft Cloud Server Provisioning" works and my favor part is the dude receives a message on his TV screen about his server while he is in the middle of his Xbox game! He then walks up to the TV and touch-screens his way to view his cloud provisioning progress.

Clearly Microsoft is ready for the S+S assault 2.0, it'll be interesting to see how ISVs and MSPs respond.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Microsoft Azure: Their Entrance Into Cloud Computing

Monday this week Microsoft launched their new cloud computing AZURE. Billed as "an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers," which explains why they were shipping massive number of servers for months now.

Azure is designed to provide an "operating system" and a set of developer services that will enable a broadening of the Microsoft platform from on-premise to the Cloud. It should be noted that Azure is positioned as a platform similar to Google Apps and just like before Microsoft is the last to the game and will have their impact. In addition, Microsoft is to provide hosted Windows Servers with full Admin access. Supposedly you can choose how much RAM/CPU you want. (2009 release)

Get ready as Microsoft continues to eat up the technology layers from application to platform, to infrastructure. Stay tune for more information later.