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Microsoft’s cloud computing (SaaS) vision

The term “cloud computing” has become almost meaningless — being used synonymously for everything from software-as-a-service (SaaS), to platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

But a new white paper, sponsored by Microsoft and written by the always entertaining consultant David Chappell, provides more clues aboutwhat the Softies are planning to unveil at this October’s Professional Developers Conference. For anyone looking to understand how and where Red Dog, Zurich, BizTalk Services and SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) all fit together, the 13-pager is worth a read.

Chappell, who provided an insightful talk at TechEd in June on Microsoft’s “Oslo” initiative (while managing to tread safely through a minefield of non-disclosure agreements) has done the same thing with his new paper, “A Short Introduction to Cloud Platforms: An Enterprise-Oriented View.” He doesn’t reference any of the aformentioned codenames by name.

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