Microsoft Creates New Cloud Division
Microsoft forms a group that will focus on cloud computing and moving the lessons learned in the cloud into Microsoft's server products and vice versa.Microsoft has announced the formation of a new group focusing on cloud computing and moving the lessons learned in the cloud into Microsoft's server products and vice versa. In a Dec. 8 post on the company's Windows Azure team blog, Microsoft announced "a new organization within the Server & Tools Business (STB) that combines the Windows Azure group with the Windows Server & Solutions group. This new organization is called the Server & Cloud Division."
The post continued, "This is an exciting time for Windows Azure with the recent launch of the Windows Azure platform at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC). The new organization presents a great opportunity for us to deliver more value to our customers and signifies that we've moved beyond an advanced development project to an important and growing business for Microsoft.
"1. The Windows Azure Development team will move from under Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie to the Server & Tools Business, led by Bob Muglia, President [of the] Server and Tools Division. Senior Vice President Amitabh Srivastava will lead the newly formed SCD, reporting to Bob. 2. The Windows Server and Solutions group, led by Corporate Vice President Bill Laing, will join the Windows Azure team to form the Server & Cloud Division. Bill will report to Amitabh and will continue his role as a key member of the STB leadership team. Bill will partner with Amitabh to continue the bilateral sharing of technology between Windows Server and Windows Azure, which has been a key design goal of Microsoft's software + services strategy. 3. The Windows Azure Business and Marketing team will continue to be led by Doug Hauger. Doug will join the Server and Tools Marketing Group, led by Corporate Vice President Robert Wahbe, reporting to Corporate Vice President Bob Kelly, who is also responsible for Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront."With this move, Microsoft continues to hone its software plus services strategy of delivering software for use on premises as well as in the cloud-and everything in between.