TechEd 2011: Cloud Computing, Devices and Developers !


2 May 2011
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Microsoft's TechEd keynote declared cloud, devices and developers the theme for the week. But it did not ignore its longstanding data center and end user desktop bases.

Microsoft is holding its annual TechEd North America event this week in Atlanta, Georgia. At the keynote, it declared the cloud, devices and developers the theme for the week. TechEd has content to appeal to both IT professionals and developers. With registration numbers somewhere around 10,000, there is definitely no lack of interest. The first half of the keynote was delivered by Robert Wahbe, corporate vice president, Server and Tools Marketing. His focus was on the opportunity of the cloud and virtualization in general. He used numbers to make his case, including a statement that only 20 percent of currently deployed servers are virtualized.

Wahbe used the keynote to highlight some of Microsoft's successes, including a video showing a team from Brigham Young University that developed a portable ultrasound system based on a USB device that will connect to any laptop and upload images to the cloud. He also talked about how Microsoft understands the importance of portable devices to include those based on other operating systems like Apple's iOS and Google's Android. System Center 2012 will include support for managing these devices.

There's no question Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has a leg up on the competition from a high-end perspective. It basically owns the corporate email space with Microsoft Exchange. The Office 365 product offering makes it possible to outsource pieces of your core corporate applications, including email and collaboration, through SharePoint. Wahbe emphasized Microsoft's ability to deliver common core functionality pieces, such as identity, virtualization, management and development tools, as a key competitive advantage.

Microsoft announced a new product code named Concero at its Microsoft Management Summit 2011 show a few months back. Concero is essentially a web-based cloud management tool, or portal, for both public and private clouds. It will be part of the next release of Microsoft System Center and deliver a single management point for Windows Azure and local Hyper-V virtual systems.
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