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MS Struggles To Move Itself to Cloud

Microsoft may be a leader in the cloud, what with BPOS/Office 365, Azure and all the Windows Live services. But that doesn't mean its own moves are a cake walk. A candid Microsoft CIO, Tony Scott, gave an honest assessment about the Redmond cloud migration to a group of CIO peers at the Microsoft campus. Scott already moved what he claims is the world's largest Web site,, to Azure.

One of the biggest issues is political rather than technical. After going through this rather massive process, Scott now advises senior IT to keep company execs, especially CFOs, fully in the loop. That's because moving to the cloud can change chargeback models. CFOs' chargeback surprises are no picnic.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/28/2011 at 12:47 PM


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