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Wrap up MIX 2010 Keynote

Posted in Azure, Microsoft by japanclouds on March 17, 2010

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First, the situation where big players and others (UFC/McDonalds/NCAA/AP/Dell etc.) are beginning to adopt Silvelight is known. It addition, Silverlight 4 will be supported by Google Chrome.  Moreover, in Contact of Windows Phone, Facebook and Twitter is supported and the interesting demonstration was performed by the conference.  Windows Phone supports Silverlight and the function of Zune is included in there.  Furthermore, the development of Windows Phone can be performed using Visual Studio and Expression Editor. Regarding details, please find below messages and links.

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So, windows phone 7 – what cool stuff have you seen? Here’s a preview: Windows Phone 7 demo shows cross platform game coding, playing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQv_3fwopo8&feature=player_embedded
A CNET slideshow of some early Windows Phone applications being shown today at  http://bit.ly/9DRSNk
keynote
is about to start at http://live.visitmix.com/
Sampling
some SIlverlight enabled sites like UFC and McDonalds
talking about Silverlight, intro’ed two years ago,and is being used by Victorias Secret, UFC, McDonalds, and later NCAA March Madness
Silverlight being used by several companies like AP and Dell
Silverlight is now on 60% of all internet connected devices. Impressive.
Whoa, way cool! Code to power the olympic player is Open Source.
Silverlight 4 will launch with Multicast Streaming, Webcam support, and more
Google Chrome support confirmed for Silverlight 4!
Coming on stage, Raji Arasu and Dave Wolf of eBay are here to talk how they use Silverlight.
Microsoft open sources Media Framework used for the Olympics: http://smf.codeplex.com

<Windows Phone>

Today Microsoft is launching developer tools for Windows Phone.
Every Windows Phone 7 Series device is a Zune
Every WP7 is a Zune by default, kind of expected, but nice to hear
SIlverlight app, AP Mobile Experience – mobile news reader segmented by categories, headlines, shared stories
Windows Phone 7 Series has native support for Facebook and Twitter for your contacts

<Visual Studio>

Scott shows how to write an app for windows phone 7 using visual studio and blend
Announcing KharaPos, a Silverlight 4/RIA Services/.NET4 exemplar app. http://kharapos.codeplex.com currently demos basic RIA Services
Multi-touch Windows 7 monitors/laptops enable multi-touch in the developer emulator.
This is how Microsoft will get back into the Mobile game
Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone- http://www.microsoft.com/express/phone/

Please find details at below:

MIX2010: Day 1 Keynote Part_1
MIX2010: Day 1 Keynote Part_2
MIX2010: Day 1 Keynote Part_3

As for interoperability, becoming the essential important matter in PaaS?

Posted in Azure, Microsoft, PaaS by japanclouds on March 14, 2010

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February 23, Tech-Days 2010 opened by Hotel Ground Pacific in Toyo.  Everyone was surprised to the message video of Ray Ozzie being screened in the opening of conference. Ray Ozzie, through this message video, fascinated the most people who get together in the meeting place. The fact that Ray Ozzie builds is the big result, Windows Azure.  In 2008 spring, what he declares with MIX is propulsion of the cloud. Furthermore, the fact that he entrusts is in the future of the enormous organization, Microsoft.  Ray Ozzie improved Windows Azure, and reformed also organization itself.

If with this message video, the impressive part is extracted, it becomes speech below, probably will be.
”We realize the wave of the reactivation which it visits in IT industry.” But, such a cute message, is dispatched to imitation, it can presume that there was very hardship. Because, by the fact that Windows Azure is propelled, the business model of big business Microsoft is changed.  Therefore, as for Ray Ozzie needing, to persuade the boards of directors of the carrier which is longer than him was.

From Microsoft’s Creative Destruction (Dick Brass) which is published to New York Times, the fighting where it can force Ray it is and can presume easily. In addition, by the fact that the interview of Gartner is read, we understand the circumstances to which he educates the engineers who cannot use professional service. And now, Ray Ozzie, between several opensource products and Windows Azure, has been about to actualize interoperability. That, rather than saying, that the policy of from the past Microsoft is modified, is the attempt which throws away the rule of the company, is the road which everyone avoids.

Story changes, but as for “P” of PaaS, in other words the concept of Platform in the cloud, sooner or later that is a point which you say somewhere whether it is gathered and summarized. Conclusion of that time became that it probably is unreasonable, however, an opinion agreed concerning the point that, it is interoperability, as the important primary factor of “P.”

Furthermore, between .Net Service Bus and  AppFabric, there is no great difference, and when it had the rough way of speaking, the different recognition also of the point that it is a name corresponded.  That is, Ray Ozzie’s thinking will be wiping out the name of .Net. Of course, as technology. Net is healthy and, even from this, it keeps being called with the name, probably will be. But, the fact that it is PaaS to which Windows Azure has interoperability is symbolized, unless .NET is suitable as a general term of the service bus, it can presume that Ray Ozzie thinks. As for the reason of this name modification, you see other than that and do not hit.

The fact that Ray Ozzie aims probably is the heterogeneous conversion of Windows Azure. Until you say, typical case of the hetero cloud is Amazon AWS, without, but that layer is IaaS. And, the seat of hetero PaaS has been less crowded. In other words, Amazon AWS aims toward hetero IaaS, Windows Azure aims toward hetero PaaS.  Such a trend is visible, faintly. That way when you thought, in these both the arm where may be a possibility of coexisting it does. And, it was announced on February 22nd of American time, it seems the cross license regarding the patent between both and that coherence meets. The hetero cloud is strengthened, how in addition, would like to keep observing whether how it spreads.

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Where does Ray Ozzie lead Microsoft?

Where does Ray Ozzie lead Microsoft?

Posted in Azure, Interoperability, Microsoft, Open Source, Public by japanclouds on February 20, 2010

What does Ray Ozzie consider?

Ray Ozzie

Do you remember the keynote of Microsoft Professional Developer Conference(PDC) 2009 held in Los Angeles in November, 2009?  In this keynote, Rey Ozzie who is CSA (Chief Software Architect: president software designer) of the company explained the situation and plan of Windows Azure. It is orderly logic so that it may be usual, and it seems to have obtained an understanding of audiences. However, he sent the message to collaborate with open source products. It surprised all the people and made vague expectation hold.

The following logos are projected on the screen of a PDC keynote. Then, Ray Ozzie invited Matt Mullenweg of WordPress on the stage. And, there was the demonstration which deploys WordPress to Windows Azure. In the demonstration of this WordPress, it is displayed to the message that MySQL and Apache are prepared for the polite thing. Where is Rey Ozzie’s intention?

OSS logos

For the leaders of the company to send a certain message about a theme called the open source in Microsoft which everyone’s has watched interestingly is that it is very exceptional. Steve Ballmer visited Japan early in November, and played the keynote speaker of Microsoft Developer Forum. However, he did not touch on an open source at all.

On the other hand, the engineers of the company are seen as if they were asking for interoperability with an open source. First, PHP SDK for Windows Azure in Codeplex was announced around May, last year. It is an open source project which ties up PHP developers and Windows Azure, and is a part of the interoperability which Microsoft commits. Then, Azure Team announced Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse late in October in front of PDC. Furthermore, Simon Davies introduced Ruby on Rails, as an open source project on Windows Azure late of November.

Here, I will return to the PDC keynote of Ray Ozzie. He projected the above mentioned logos on the screen, and hinted TomCat running on the demonstration of WordPress. However, he is not explaining positioning of those open sources in Windows Azure Platform. Furthermore, Codeplex which is an open source repository, and each engineers’ blog are private for Microsoft. That is, although the pliability of Windows Azure was proved by engineers, this directivity may tone down.

The great transformation of Microsoft

I think that there are three big points of argument in present Microsoft. 1) Microsoft should maintain the present profit profile which consists of software package products. 2) The company should make the new profit profile which consists of on-line services. 3) The company should make public cloud who cooperated with the open source. The last one is an excessive actual theory. Needless to say, the pillars of the profit of Microsoft are packages, such as a Windows client, Office, Windows Server and SQL Server. And it seems that the sales by on-line services, such as BPOS, are less than 1% of the whole.

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Should Microsoft be converted into the business centering on service in such a situation?  Is essentially this conversion required?  Probably, the leaders of Redmond have repeated such self-question answering themselves like every day. However, the user is honest. And the market is cool. Remember the determination of a Los Angeles city at the end of last year. In this city, as a result of examining 14 kinds of candidates about the application with which 34,000 city personnel are provided, Google Apps was chosen. Microsoft Office is given to the personnel engaged in creative work. And Google Apps can be given to a great portion of personnel.

If you are an employee of Microsoft which lives in a Los Angeles city, is judgment of such administration refuted?  Probably, applause should be sent from a taxpayer’s position. And commoditization of IT is not having restricted to administration and there is same tendency also in private enterprises. Remember that the news that the Panasonic group shifted to Lotus Live enlivened the space of each media even in Japan. That is, when a large-scale organization provides all the personnel with PC, the user corresponding to the price of Windows 7 or Microsoft Office will become a minority group.

The price of Windows 7 Ultimate in the United States is 319.99 dollars, and the price of a notebook PC called Mini10 of DELL which run Ubuntu is 299 dollars. The leaders of Redmond should face this reality squarely. An organization like a Los Angeles city gives the personnel PC of 300 dollars or less, is paying Google the countervalue of a small sum, and will complete the investment of most. As everyone knows, the measure of the profitability of an enterprise system is the cost effectiveness. Therefore, all the enterprises take in cloud computing and Microsoft is also following in footsteps using Azure.

Observe the keynote of Tech-Days 2010 in Tokyo

Is charm felt for this company if Microsoft does not have Windows Azure?  If such a question is carried out, most people will answer it as no. Windows Azure is expected as a pillar which bears the future of Microsoft. However, if interoperability with an open source is not taken in when promoting cloud computing, the market size will be restricted by itself.  The idea of Ray Ozzie and members of Azure team is removing old restrictions of all Microsoft products and accepting an open source.

Tech-Days 2010 will be held in Tokyo at next week. You should observe the message about interoperability with an open source in the keynote. The future of Windows Azure and Microsoft should be able to be divined by whether it is forward or retreated compared with PDC.

Akihiro Oba who’s an officer of Microsoft and Developer & Platform Director will be on the keynote stage. From Redmond, Steve Marks, the technical strategist for Windows Azure, will participate as a demonstrator. The logo of the open source camp which Ray Ozzie showed by PDC should be shown once again. Many people desire explanation about the open source correspondence for these three months.

James Hamilton who wrote the paper which was excellent about the container data center has pointed out private cloud’s nonsensicalness by the own blog just recently (Private Clouds Are Not The Future). For example, there was no vendor which is easier to sell the imperfect product like a private cloud construction kit than Microsoft. However, Microsoft has raised Azure, without carrying out it. I wish Microsoft making public cloud successful.

Also for the reason, Microsoft should tell a Japanese developer and a Japanese user Rey Ozzie’s message, the necessity of interoperability with an open source. It does not only remain in Japan, but becomes the voice which support Rey Ozzie who promotes an unprecedented great transformation, and should be fed back also to Redmond.

Microsoft of Japan should support your wonderful chief architect strongly. It will be allowed even if an outsider like me approves of the message which the chief architect of Microsoft emitted.

Microsoft will provide an another cloud with IIJ?

Posted in Azure, Microsoft, PaaS by Agile Cat on January 12, 2010

Jan.13 – IIJ announced to deliver a cloud server with Windows Server on this May. In this service, Windows Server including Hyper-V will be deployed on IIJ’s GIO, and their customer will be able to configure the elastic cloud with those resources. Microsoft will provide their “Dynamic Datacenter Tool kit” in this service.

J <http://4510plan.jp/360/businessnews/14074/>

 

Nissho Electronics started to sell a private cloud startup kit

Posted in Azure, Private by Agile Cat on December 16, 2009

Dec.17 – The company launched a new business for private cloud owners named "private cloud startup kit". It includes HP’s server hardware, storage, network products and Windows Server 2008 R2 family. Nissho also started a Visualization Multi Vendor Solution Center(VMSC) in their NET Frontier Center, and will provide some of services before to employ the kit as free.

J <http://journal.mycom.co.jp/news/2009/12/17/022/?rt=na

Toshiba Solution will go to Azure with CMS

Posted in Azure, Industries, Large, Toshiba by Agile Cat on November 24, 2009

Nov.24 – The company announced to provide CMS(Content Management System) for news paper industry with Microsoft Japan. In this agreement, Toshiba Solution will use SharePoint Server 2007 and Office 2007 to provide the system named “PressSTREAM DynamicCMS”.  In future, it will got to Azure, the company added.

J <http://itpro.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20091124/340900/>

MapReduce in Microsoft’s DryadLINQ

Posted in Azure, Hadoop by Agile Cat on November 20, 2009

Data-Intensive Computing on Windows HPC Server with the DryadLINQ Framework
John Vert in 408A on Tuesday at 3:00 PM

Come get an overview of the DryadLINQ features and runtime environment, and walk through some real-world examples of DryadLINQ programs based on the familiar declarative syntax of LINQ combined with the fault-tolerant distributed graph scheduling of the Dryad runtime. Hear how DryadLINQ provides a programming model and runtime for data-parallel programs running across large clusters and partitioned data sets.

E <http://agilecat.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/mapreduce-in-dryadlinq/>

Microsoft PDC09 Keynote 1 – Wrapping Up

Posted in Azure, Events by Agile Cat on November 17, 2009

Today’s keynote is with Ray Ozzie & Bob Muglia and we expect Microsoft to announce an Internet Explorer 9 technology preview as part of the keynote announcements. We’ve teamed up with a number of well known Microsoft bloggers to blog the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes. The live blogging will include Ed Bott, Kip Kniskern, Long Zheng, Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, Rafael Rivera and myself Tom Warren.

E <http://agilecat.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/microsoft-pdc09-keynote-1-wrapping-up/>

David Chappell interview by Masahiko Issiki

Posted in Azure by Agile Cat on November 11, 2009

Nov.11 – In this interview, David Chappell talked about now and then of cloud computing and the choice of technologies in Windows Azure application developments. Furthermore, he pointed out the economy of cloud computing, the essence of enterprise systems and the advantages of Windows Azure. Regarding MapReduce, he asked to Microsoft sometimes, however, no response, he added.

J <http://www.atmarkit.co.jp/fdotnet/dnfuture/intvwdavidchappell_01/intvwdavidchappell_01_01.html>

Microsoft takes place Developer Forum 2009 in Tokyo

Posted in Azure, Events by Agile Cat on November 5, 2009

Nov.5 –  Steven Ballmer landed on Japan, and talked about the greatness of development to Japanese Windows developers. It’s the third times of Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo for him, and the sliverlight live streaming powered by IIJ was provided to much more Japanese developers at the outside of venue.
He mentioned to beat VMware, Amazon, Google and IBM in the cloud market, however, didn’t touch with Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and Apple. What’s the reason?

J <http://agilecat.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/>

Microsoft Japan makes an aliance with IIJ in clouds businesses

Posted in Azure, Private, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on October 27, 2009

Oct.27 – IIJ announced to provide Microsoft Hyper-V technologies in their cloud infrastructure named “GIO”, and will start the services with Windows Server 2008 on May 2010. In other hand, Microsoft will start the validation service to IIJ’s customers who will migrate from on-premises to clouds.

IIJ estimates to deliver the services which consist of 4000 Windows Server licenses by May 2013.

J <http://release.nikkei.co.jp/detail.cfm?relID=234869&lindID=1>

Microsoft Japan announced Tech Days 2010

Posted in Azure, Events by Agile Cat on October 27, 2009

Oct.27 – The company announced to take place the Japanese PDC named "Microsoft Tech Days 2010" next Feb in Tokyo. It will be consisted of essential PDC 2009 sessions and  Japanese sessions, I think. Windows Azure production model will be unveil soon also in here!

J <http://www.microsoft.com/japan/events/techdays/2010/>

Microsoft’s Future Technology Days in Tokyo with David Chappell

Posted in Azure, Events by Agile Cat on October 14, 2009

Oct.14 – According to a blog of famous Japanese evangelist Shinichiro Isago, Microsoft Japan took place the Windows Azure conference for developers rather than customers. The company invited David Chappell as the key note speaker who’s a writer of Azure white paper series.

After the key note, a collaboration model of Azure and Twitter was demonstrated by Japanese software vendor.

J <http://blogs.itmedia.co.jp/isago/2009/10/twitter-botazur.html>

Cyboze and Microsoft Japan will deliver a new group ware

Posted in Azure, SaaS, Small-Middle by Agile Cat on September 27, 2009

Both parties signed on the alliance Sept.28, and will go forward to deliver a new group ware based on SharePoint Server by early 2010. The new business of Cyboze focus on the enterprise customers, as a kind of SaaS. Microsoft Japan will support Cyboze, as a reinforcement of their partnership.

J <http://www.itmedia.co.jp/enterprise/articles/0909/28/news061.html>

Windows Plus Services Consortium (wipse) launched Windows Azure experimentation

Posted in Associations, Azure, Social by Agile Cat on September 1, 2009

In TechED Japan session taken place in Yokohama in this August end, the consortium showed their Windows Azure experimentation framework. Kazutoshi Ono — Interoperability WG leader — talked about the advantage of .NET Services Bus, and Eizaburo Tamaki — Service WG leader — demonstrated the payment infrastructures of this framework.

wipse promotes this framework to their members, and expects to leverage the Windows Azure movement. As a result of 2008, the consortium came out well the OpenXML experimentation already.

Pasted from <http://wipse-portal.spaces.live.com/ >