Microsoft code name of the day: Blue
Best guess on what it is: A Microsoft-hosted version of its SQL Server database
Meaning/context of the code name: Blue, as in “blue sky,” is my guess as to the origins of this codename… especially since “Blue/Cloud” and “Cloud/DB” (the file-system-based storage system powering Microsoft’s “cloud” architecture, according to sources) are often mentioned by tipsters in the same breath.
Back story: Blue/Cloud and Cloud/DB are elements of the back-end infrastructure powering Microsoft’s cloud-computing services. While some have described these database-focused pieces as part of Microsoft’s “Cloud OS” (a term about which many Softies are none too fond), they also can be thought of as key components of Windows Live Core, my tipsters say.
Blue also may debut as part of commercialized Microsoft-managed services, according to my sources. Last I heard, Microsoft planned to roll out Blue to a very limited set of customers and partners some time in 2008. Microsoft officials have said they are working on a managed business-intelligence service, which will integrate managed SQL Server, SharePoint Server and PerformancePoint Server; perhaps Blue is a component of this.
Additional info: The Windows Live Core team is comprised of some very senior Microsoft managers. One of them is database expert James Hamilton. An architect on Windows Live Core, Hamilton is “interested in multi-tenant hosted systems, the management of very large scale systems, massively parallel data management systems, database security, and unstructured data management.”