At Tech•Ed 2010, Bob Muglia speaks to the potential of cloud computing for enterprises, outlines product updates and provides guidance for customers. "Muglia said that Microsoft will deliver 'single platform that works across both on-premises and off-premises' solutions."
"company has gained experience running world's largest cloud services — with 600+ million MSN users, 4 billion/m Bing search queries, 500+ million active Windows Live IDs, 20 million Xbox Live users, and 40 million Microsoft Online Services users across 9,000 business customers and more than 500 government entities. Customers can find more information, tools and white papers to help evaluate and implement cloud computing technologies at Microsoft's website dedicated to cloud computing."
Muglia also highlighted several areas of product momentum:
- Public beta of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 coming by end of July.
- Microsoft announced an updated Windows Azure SDK with support for .NET Framework 4, Visual Studio 2010 RTM support, and IntelliTrace support. In addition, Windows Azure Content Delivery Network moved from beta to production service, now generally available.
- Microsoft announced it'll offer spatial data support and access to 50 GB of SQL Azure Database capacity, allowing higher scalability, flexibility and easier management of apps & services. Also enhancements include "public preview of SQL Azure Data Sync Service, which provides more flexible control over where and how data is distributed and synced across multiple datacenters, and SQL Server Web Manager, a lightweight and easy-to-use tool to help develop, deploy and manage data-driven apps on cloud."
- Windows Server AppFabric released to manufacturing. Customers with licenses for Server 2008 and R2 (Standard and Enterprise editions) can download Windows Server AppFabric at no additional cost.
- With Bing Map App SDK, developers can now create apps built on top of Bing Maps and hosted on Bing.com. By opening up map app API, Microsoft is enabling developers to take mapping beyond point-to-point directions by providing a rich spatial canvas to visualize content, create dynamic mash-ups and help people complete tasks faster.
- Microsoft disclosed full feature set of its forthcoming unified communications platform, Communications Server "14," which'll be available later this year. Key new features in this release include expert search, Office document and application sharing, and one-click meeting access from Outlook, SharePoint and mobile phones, which contribute to the complete unified communications experience that connects people anytime from virtually anywhere.