Microsoft Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo
An interoperable cloud could help companies cut costs and governments connect
constituents, say Microsoft executives.
Governments and businesses alike are looking at cloud services as a way to
consolidate IT infrastructure, scale their IT systems for the future, and
enable innovative services and activities that were not possible before.
To help organizations realize the benefits of cloud services, technology
vendors are investing in the hard work of identifying and solving the
challenges presented by operating in mixed IT environments, and are
collaborating to ensure that their products work well together.
In fact, although the industry is still in the early stages of collaborating
on cloud interoperability issues, there has already been considerable
progress. But what does ‘cloud interoperability’ mean, and how is it
Alin Irimie's Azure Blog
After more than two “azure” months, with lots of new stuff to learn, a
whole new alphabet soup to digest and a dozen or so Microsoft evangelists
trying to navigate us through the plethora of “cloud services” that seem
to pop up every day from Microsoft’s software-making machine, I believe
something is not right with with the way the information is presented to the
public or with the overall Microsoft strategy. Let me explain.
First of all, everybody is using nowadays “cloud” to describe anything
that runs on the web. Cloud is the new buzzword, and Microsoft... (more)
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), announced that it has formed
a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for
cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to
develop a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management.
No specific standards currently exist for enabling interoperability between
private clouds within enterprises and hosted or public cloud providers.
DMTF’s Open Cloud Standards Incubator will focus on addressing these issues
by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats ... (more)
Buried under the buzz around Windows 7 RC release, here’s an important
update from Microsoft - Windows Server 2008 R2 release candidate.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first Windows operating system to be offered
for only 64-bit processors. And Windows Server 2008 R2 can now support up to
256 logical processor cores for a single operating system instance, including
enhancements in Hyper-V virtual machines which are able to address up to 32
logical cores in a single VM. These improvements not only guarantee more bang
for your server hardware buck, but also offer better reliability w... (more)
I was wondering when Microsoft will announce the equivalent of Amazon’s
Public Datasets. Well, it’s here, although with strange name. I hope they
wouldn’t do this just for government agencies.
The Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) is an initiative led by Microsoft
Public Sector Developer Evangelism team. OGDI uses the Azure Services
Platform to make it easier to publish and use a wide variety of public data
from government agencies.
OGDI is also a free, open source ‘starter kit’ (coming soon) with code
that can be used to publish data on the Internet in a Web-friendly forma... (more)