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[email protected]: Microsoft Europe Cloud Computing Press Event

Microsoft Europe held a [email protected] Press Event at its Netherlands headquarters. This time the topic was Cloud Computing. What can Cloud Services do for you?


  • IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service (to move to)
  • Infrastructure and storage capacity to host and manage applications and services.
  • PaaS – Platform as a Service (to build on)
  • Windows Azure is a platform existing of an operating system, (relational) database and web services with on-demand scalability (pay for what you use)
  • SaaS – Software as a Service (to use)
  • Subscription based on-demand applications and services:
    • Business productivity Online Suite (BPOS)
    • Exchange Hosted Services
    • Dynamics CRM Online
    • Office Web Apps
  • Also think about Hotmail, Messenger, Windows Update, MSN, Bing and Xbox Live.
  • There’re 3 kinds of Clouds:
    • Public (all can see)
    • Personal (only I + those I allow can see)
    • Private (think Corporate, employees only)
  • The announcement hits at following in ;next months:
    • Windows Live Release 4
    • Windows Intune – PC management client, currently in beta
    • Dynamics CRM Online – Customer Relationship Management
    • Business Online Services
    • [email protected]
    • Windows Azure Appliance – turnkey cloud platform that customers can deploy in their own datacenter

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