Reducing Complexity

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-06-07 Print this article Print

Turning to the .Net distributed application platform, Muglia said it was designed to reduce complexity across applications, particularly as the world has moved from stand-alone to connected systems. "To pull together Web services, things like service orientation, federated identity, integrated workflow and federated data have all been included in Windows Server R2," Muglia said. "The technology that will deliver these distributed Web services and improve the productivity of developers in Longhorn is known as Indigo."
Read more here about Indigo, which Microsoft calls "a natural extension to the .Net Framework."
Microsoft also is looking to "revolutionize" things on the storage front, but these changes will take time, Muglia said. He said in about six years, laptops will have a terabyte of built-in storage, but that change will facilitate having a huge amount of corporate and personal data on the machine—and that data will need to be completely protected. Microsoft is working on intelligent distributed storage. One way to do this is through cached client storage—being done in Longhorn on the client—through which all files are simply caches of the locally stored data. Users always will be able to access the local cache, which will be prepopulated and will allow differential replication and background sync, Muglia said, adding that Microsoft was continuing to work on its WinFS (Windows File System) in this regard. With regards to management, Muglia said people are the primary cost in maintaining systems for users, so Microsofts goal is to help drive down those costs. "We believe that, by using model-based management, we can drive down those costs … as well as create consistent policies across an organization and provide a dynamic environment," he said. Key technologies for achieving this are the Systems Definition Model, which can be created by Visual Studio 2005. Longhorn also will consume these models. "Microsoft is in a very unique position to drive this forward through products like Visual Studio, Longhorn and Microsoft Operations Manager [MOM]." Muglia also named virtualization as a vital management technology going forward, and said this will be built into Windows and will be available shortly after Longhorn ships. While Microsofts Virtual Server product has already been released, an update due later this year will include a management pack, a licensed virtual hard disk, support for Linux and other operating systems, and support for 64-bit computing . On the virtualization front, Longhorn will have a built-in hypervisor, Muglia said. Microsoft is turning its attention toward simplifying administration and focusing on about 20 different workloads, while at the same time being committed to providing the best solution for each of those workloads. "Our success depends on your success," he said. "A great competition" is going on between Windows and Linux on the x86 platform, Muglia said, with Microsoft working hard to do a better job than Linux in every area and with every workload, he said. Muglia closed by saying that the Microsoft promise is unique, and that the company is able to meet individual requirements through its customer focus. "But we are a software company, and we will drive costs down through this. We also make things mainstream and available to everyone in their environment, and we also focus on integration and a consistent user environment," he said. But Microsoft is aware that it cannot do this alone, Muglia said. "We realize that all of this can only be done through a broad ecosystem. The next five to 10 years are exciting, and the promise is phenomenal for the applications that you can produce." Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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