Ozzie spells out the Live platform layers

Ozzie spells out the Live platform layers

Summary: Last year at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie provided a very high-level (and tough-to-follow) outline of what Microsoft's Live platform was going to look like. This year, Ozzie abandoned the 50,000-foot view in favor of a, perhaps, 25,000-foot view.

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Microsoft is -- almost -- ready to explain what Windows Live "the platform" looks like.

Last year at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie provided a very high-level (and tough-to-follow) outline of what Microsoft's Live platform was going to look like. This year, Ozzie abandoned the 50,000-foot view in favor of a, perhaps, 25,000-foot view.

Ozzie told FAM attendees that Microsoft will be fleshing out its "Live services framework" over the next 12 to 18 months. That services framework will consist of four layers: Global Foundation Services: This is the physical infrastructure that powers the cloud, including data centers, racks of disks, networks and the people building and monitoring this infrastructure

Cloud Infrastructure Services: The computing, networking and storage software layer. This is the "utility computing fabric on which all of our online services run," Ozzie said. It also includes application frameworks for "horizontal scaling" and the storage, filesystems, databases and searchable storage. This is Corporate Vice President Amitabh Srivasta's baby. Live Platform Services: Identity and directory; device management and security; adCenter ad platform; communications and "rendezvous and presence." David Treadwell is the new Corporate VP in charge of this layer.

This mention of "rendezvous" is kind of curious. (Anyone know more about what, exactly, Microsoft means in using this specific term? Is it a product? Or just a generic term synonymous with P2P?) I noticed CEO Steve Ballmer also talked about rendezvous at the Worldwide Partner Conference when discussing Live. Ballmer's quote:

"On top of this new platform, the cloud infrastructure services, we're also building directory services, rendezvous, device management, the kinds of things that we deliver to you today in our packaged products, Windows Server, Active Directory, MOM, but really transported to this services back-end world, with the same kinds of applications again that have been rewritten to fit in this huge scale, very low cost of operations services platform, productivity services, community, collaboration, commerce and search services, et cetera. That's the application level."

Applications and Solutions: These are the services that will run on top of the infrastructure -- things like connected entertainmnet, document sharing and collaboration, hosted and Microsoft managed services, etc.

No big revelations here. But it feels like there's a little more light at the end of the Live tunnel....

Topics: Microsoft, Storage

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Treading on Apple

    It sounds to me like Microsoft is trying to downplay Apple's Rendezvous (now called Bonjour because of trademark disputes) by abusing the name for their own games.
    cmdrrickhunter@...
  • just marketing bable!

    Have you red any product announcement here?
    ...just talking about clouds and other BS!
    If you are fed up with M$ switch to Linux!
    Linux Geek
    • Some products are "red", but

      NT
      THEE WOLF
  • The 4 layers

    Hardware, operating software, capabilities (api's, etc.), and GUI. Where have I seen that model before?


    As Alfred Hitchcock said of his work, paraphrasing, the fun is over when the filmmaking begins. Mr. Ozzie must be enjoying his work before... stuff has to be written and installed.
    Anton Philidor
  • I have no idea ...

    ... what they're talking about, and I'm not sure they do either.

    Lots of flashy IT buzzwords, loads of giddy presentationsand all I'm thinking is that it sounds like MS is building another internet.
    fredsmith6
  • How does Microsoft spell web application???

    W-O-N-'-T W-O-R-K W-I-T-H-O-U-T W-I-N-D-O-W-S
    DonnieBoy
  • Live platform layers

    It's in the Clouds, mon.

    You gots one layer of clouds forming your
    first layer. Den you gots your seco..uh..is
    that yo third layer? You gets lost in dese
    clouds, mon. You gots to watch yo step or
    you may wind up in de wrong platform on de
    wrong layer. Look out! Duck! Heah come a
    747.......

    One things fo sho..... everything is Live
    heah, mon. Aint nuthin dead.
    Ole Man
  • Hardware, data, apps, all pushed to the cloud

    I suspect in the next 5 years, there will be a massive push to "virtualized applications"
    - on the desktop (win7 modular?)
    - on MIDs / eeePCs / virtualized XP
    - on PDAs / OS independent?
    - and on browsers (data-apps in the cloud).

    There will be a massive "mobility" push to fuse with social-networking, utilizing sql server 2008s geospacial data features in combination with gps on the PDAs (rendezvous with your friends? - knowing where they are and where to hook-up?) All that can be driven by development to this data-cloud infrastructure running massive operations "virtually" on your hand-held.

    Silverlight is already blurring the line between Desktop apps and Browser apps, and this move will push the hardware layer into the cloud along with the data layer, to accommodate the ever blurring app layer - or virtualized layer.

    or....it could just be a fancy name for Microsoft Web Hosting. Not sure yet.
    Smarty_Pantz