Microsoft just announced that Satya Nadella, is now the president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business (STB).
Nadella, a Microsoft veteran since 1992, was appointed to his new role in February. As president of STB, he is tasked with leading Microsoft's enterprise transformation into the cloud and providing the technology roadmap and vision for the future of business computing.
Nadella said delivering companies new value through the cloud will be at the center of everything STB does moving forward: "Our strategy in a nutshell is to cloud-optimize every business," he said. That means offering businesses on-demand, scalable infrastructure and the ability to tap massive amounts of data for new business insight.
His vision for STB has been shaped by the previous stops on his Microsoft journey. Up until a few months ago, he was senior vice president of R&D for Microsoft's Online Services Division (OSD). There he oversaw the technical vision and engineering of some of the biggest Web services in the world, such as Bing, MSN, and adCenter. Those online operations illuminated the sheer scale of infrastructure needed to run them; Bing alone is powered by 250,000 servers, which manage upwards of 150 petabytes (1 petabyte=1 quadrillion bytes.)
"As the industry moves more and more towards the public cloud -- which'll take time -- we'll move from the private cloud "datacenter OS" that represents thousands of processing cores to a "public cloud OS" that'll need to understand a million cores. Our customers will want a vendor who's both battle-tested in the operating system and in the cloud scale services. Microsoft'll be that vendor," Nadella said.
"You can't head-fake your way into running a public cloud service," he notes. "You've to live it."
[Source: Microsoft Press]