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How Microsoft’s cloud aims to cover the world

23/06/2014 by


Microsoft has a vision for the cloud. Anyone who has watched this session by the legendary Rick Claus from last year’s AUTechEd already has a basic idea of what this entails.

Microsoft’s plan, dubbed the Cloud OS platform, rests on three pillars. These create a unified strategy that is changing the game and positioning the platform as the most complete cloud service available.

Let’s establish right now exactly what I mean when I say cloud. I am the son of a meteorologist so when someone says cloud, the first word that comes to my mind is “agglomeration”. The definition of an agglomeration is “a heap or cluster of usually disparate elements”.

In mathematics, a cloud is “a large number of points in a coordinate system”. So if we combine the meteorological definition with the mathematical definition we get this: “Cloud computing is a computing architecture made up of many individual yet fully coordinated elements, which appear to the casual observer to be a single object.”

When most people hear private cloud, they think “Oh well, that’s just a funky new name for what we are doing on premises already.” If you are one of those people you would be partly right but mostly wrong.

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