MS Software Lets Users Host .Net My Services

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-04-11 Print this article Print

Microsoft confirms it is working on new server software that will allow enterprise customers to host and run its core .Net My Services themselves, even behind the firewall.

NEW ORLEANS--Microsoft Corp. on Thursday confirmed it is working on new server software that will allow enterprise customers to host and run its core .Net My Services themselves, even behind the firewall. Adam Sohn, a product manager for .Net platform strategy, told eWEEK in an interview that Microsoft has shifted its priorities away from hosting these as mass consumer services itself and is now concentrating on delivering the infrastructure that will allow its customers to deliver the first group of .Net My Services. The infrastructure will be software, perhaps another .Net server, that will be sold to customers to allow them to host the 14 core foundational XML-based consumer Web services, which include the .Net Alerts notification service, .Net Inbox and .Net Wallet. Sohn declined to say when the software will be available for general release, just that it likely wont be before late next year.
"Customers want multiple operators from the start, they want federation, and they want to be able to install and run the product within the enterprise. They also want us to make it easier for them to write Web services, so that is now our focus," he said.
This is a significant shift from Microsofts original policy around .Net My Services, where the company intended to host the 14 Web services itself, a strategy that was problematic from the start. While acknowledging the shift in focus, Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Microsofts .Net enterprise server group, told eWEEK that the Redmond, Wash., company is simply responding to customer feedback. "They told us that they wanted federated services and that we needed to prioritize more in terms of the services. They told us that they did not want all their data stored in one service and that they wanted to be able to replicate and [to have] ways to share this data," he said. Sohn said that, for its part, "Microsoft will still host these services internally, but now to power MSN experiences and other Microsoft customer experiences. I expect the next milestone to be a refresh on the .Net My Services Tool Kit released late last year, followed by some early pilot work over the next year or so." But Sohn did not rule out a subscription model. "While we are now focusing on selling a product to be deployed within a customers data center, the MSN customer relationship and deployment of these services may well have a subscription element. There is still a range of interesting stuff for us at the consumer end," he said.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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