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Microsoft Cloud Bravado

I'm sure nearly all major competitors would disagree, but Microsoft claims to be the one and only company to offer all three major styles of cloud computing: private, public and the blend called hybrid.

The claim was made at a recent investor event by Microsoft GM Charles Di Bona, who also took the opportunity to give Wall Street a crash course in cloud.

First, now that Ray Ozzie is gone from Microsoft, so is the term "Software Plus Services." A shorter and simpler term, "cloud," is its replacement. Second, Azure, perhaps the best-known of Redmond's cloud technologies, is really positioned as a Platform as a Service (PaaS). The idea is to have developers use .NET and other programming paradigms to build custom cloud apps. Finally, not content with just PaaS, Microsoft is now working to make Azure a real player in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/15/2011 at 12:47 PM


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