Walkaround Microsoft Cloud Hub

Talking about cloud computing, is too narrow by saying just about virtualization or windows Azure in particular. There are many aspects and it keeps getting broader topics day by day.

I’m trying to figure out, what are those close related technology offering from Microsoft Cloud Hub, here I summarized:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Center Operations Manager
  • System Center Configuration Manager
  • Opalis

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

  • Windows Azure
  • SQL Azure

Software as a Service (SaaS)

  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • Office Live Meeting
  • Lynch Online
  • Dynamics CRM Online
  • Windows Intune
  • Office 365

Development Technology

  • MS .Net 3.5 and 4.0
  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
  • Silverlight

Development Tools

  • MS Visual Studio 2010 (better Ultimate ed. with power of  IntelliTrace) + Windows Azure SDK
  • MS Visual Studio 2010 LightSwitch


  • Public Cloud
  • Private Cloud

 There are other technology which indirectly related with cloud technology:

  • Windows Phone, create mobile apps by consuming cloud data feed is the common thing
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), desktop apps never left behind
  • Windows Live, you can utilized Live ID, SkyDrive, Hotmail or other Windows Live services
  • Bing, growing search engine with useful Maps
  • MSN, one of major online service
  • XBox, maybe you can wonder a gaming tool become a powerful business tool

And of course there many more indirect technology that applicable to the cloud.

As you can see there all those technology are inter-related and able to integrate seamlessly as those are under same framework. That’s why people call Microsoft is giant software.


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