Microsoft's Cloud OS Dream Team: Who's Who

Microsoft's Cloud OS Dream Team: Who's Who

Summary: Microsoft hand-picked a core group of top engineers to develop its Red Dog cloud operating system. Here's the who's who list.


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  • Microsoft hand-picked a core group of top engineers to develop its Red Dog operating system that is at the heart of its Azure cloud-computing platform. Here's the who's who list of the technical talent behind Red Dog.

    Srivastava is Red Dog's top dog. He was encouraged by CEO Steve Ballmer and Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie in 2006 to spearhead Microsoft's cloud-computing initiative. Srivastava joined Microsoft in 1997 as a Senior Researcher and led the Advanced Development Tools group in Microsoft Research He was instrumental in building and leading Microsoft's Programmer Productivity Research Center (PPRC). He joined the Windows team in 2003 and was put in charge of redefining the engineering processes for Windows Vista. He was responsible for the development of core OS components, including the kernel, Os architecture and advanced development tools. Before joining Microsoft, he was Chief Technical Officer and VP of engineering with TracePoint Technology, a Digital Equipment spinoff. Like other members of the Red Dog team, he was part of Digital's Western Research Lab.

  • Cutler, the father of the NT and Digital Equipment Corp.'s VAX VMS operating systems, needs little introduction. Prior to joining the Azure team to help specifically with the hypervisor development work, Cutler was working on the development and design of 64-bit Windows. He joined Microsoft in 1988 and subsequently launched the Windows NT group. Cutler was awarded membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1993.

  • Calder is the architect of Windows Azure Storage, the file-system layer for the cloud platform. Before joining Microsoft he was a professor at the University of California , San Diego, where he specialized in systems, architecture and compilers. He was the cofounder of three startups: Entropia (distributed comuting), TracePoint (program analysis tools for X86) and Bit-Raker (program-analysis tools for ARM). He also worked as a principal engineer at Digital Equipment Corp.'s Western Research Lab.

Topics: CXO, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software


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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