Monday, October 27, 2008

PDC 2008 - Day 1

Keynote by Ray Ozzie, Amitava Srivastava, Bob Muglia

Windows Azure - Microsoft's Cloud Computing. These are services run in Microsoft Data Centers i.e. the cloud.

High level feature set:

  • Scalable Hosting, virtualized by Hyper-V
  • Security - code access, IP Filters, Hyper-V isolation.
  • OS - to manage global data centers, separates the app from underlying OS,
  • Fabric controller - enables scaling applications seamlessly, as demand rises and falls. Manages resources and services, maintain health of services, deployment, interfaces, configuration settings, channels and endpoints, roles and groups
  • High Availability - partitions, replication, caching, automatic load balancing
  • Desktop Development Environment - integrated with Visual Studio 2008, managed and native code, on-demand compute and storage to host.
  • Development with the Cloud:
    • VS Cloud Templates and Cloud SDK
    • Code
    • Debug and Test Offline with cloud on the desktop
    • Publish
    • Azure Services Developer Portal to manage apps on cloud
    • The BlueHoo application demo
      • VS and C# - no new tools
      • easy deployment and scalability
  • Open Platform

The services breakup within Windows Azure are as follows:

  • SQL Services - Data services on the cloud. Database, Reporting, Data Sync, Data Mining/Analysis, Reference Data
  • .NET services - WCF Services, Federated Identity Services, Microsoft Services Connector via Microsoft Federated Services Gateway
  • Live Services
  • Dynamics CRM Services
  • Sharepoint Services

Microsoft Online Services + Azure (by Dave Thompson)

  • Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, Live Meeting, Dynamics CRM Online
  • Now available on the cloud

Download Azure CTP, SDKs, services at Preview will be free and commercial pricing at a later date will be competitive with the market standards.

Other stuff

  • Silverlight Charting control.

Checkout this excellent video explaining Windows Azure

Manuvir Das: Introducing Windows Azure

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