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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  • 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.

  • Das leads the Developer Experience team. His job is "to translate the functionality provided by the service components of Windows Azure into a familiar, intuitive and cohesive platform for service developers."

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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