Cloudy days ahead

Well, the series of posts on Cloud Computing continues. Take it as an indication on how relevant this may become to you or your business in the near to mid future.

Now with Microsofts CEO Steve Ballmer on a keynote in London a few days ago (credits to Jas Dhaliwal who attended and blogged about it):

We need a new operating system designed for the cloud and we will introduce one in about four weeks, we’ll even have a name to give you by then. But let’s just call it for the purposes of today ‘Windows Cloud’

Nice surprise, if you ask me, just after the announcement of AWS providing Windows and SQL server soon.

See the video here.

Enjoy the keynote. Starting 22.35 in the video begins the Q&A in which Martin Veitch of CIO Magazine interviews Steve Ballmer and where Steve reveals some quite interesting insights.

One example:

I think it would be nuts for me to say, that we are going to run all of the world’s data centers. I don’t think that’s practical. But, what we need to do is a build a service that we start running and we have a model for how it can also be implemented and hosted by corporations for themselves, or by other partners.  The service, must be a ‘service’. So, if it’s not in our data center, if it’s in somebody’s else’s? You’ll still want it updated in real time, dynamically. You don’t want it to be, like today’s outsourced model. Where the outsourcer winds up locked in, and has to embrace the past more than the future. So, we need to design ‘a service for services’, if you will. That’s kind of the way we are attacking the challenge. Now, Version 1 that we will announce this month, you’ll think about it as running a Microsoft data center, sort of like the Amazon model if you will, and yet we know and we’ve talked already with corporations and partners about going beyond it. That’s why the symmetry between the server and the cloud is important. Because if we bring back the cloud features into the server platform, it’s also possible for any corporation then to go into instance of it’s own similar services.

That´s an approach that I find extremely interesting in times where the larger corporation still – and most likely for quite some time to come – are reluctant to have their data outside their own cloud.

Ah, and by the way, the event was titled “Technologies to Change Your Business:  How Customers Are Implementing Tomorrow’s Strategies Today”. Interesting that this comes from Microsoft, if you ask me. But maybe they have understood that the SaaS/Cloud Computing train is getting traction and they found out how to get on it. Given their size and financial strength, this is definitively a significant move – as long as they can deliver on their promise.

Stay tuned.