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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  • Hudson is responsible for running all production instances of the Windows Azure platform. A 10-year Microsoft veteran, he's been involved in static code analysis and the establishment of feedback loops on large-scale engineering systems.

  • Khalidi, a distributed-computing specialist, is overseeing the work on Azure's clustering and fabric-controller components.

    Before joining the Azure team, Khalidi led an advanced development team in Windows that tackled a number of related operating-system areas, including application model, resource management, and isolation. He also served as a member of the Windows Core Architecture group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Khalidi was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where he worked for 14 years. At Sun, he was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect of Solaris; Chief Architect and Director of the Sun Cluster line; Chief Architect of Sun's N1 utility-computing initiative; and principal architect of the Solaris MC and Spring operating systems.

  • Proebsting oversees technical strategy for Azure. Before that he was a director in Microsoft's Center for Software Excellence, leading a team building binary technology tools and platforms. He also created and led efforts to deploy "prediction markets" inside Microsoft for business-intelligence purposes. Before becoming part of various product groups, Proebsting was a senior researcher with Microsoft Research, managing a programming-language research group. Proebsting was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, has worked as a developer at a startup and also as an employee of Sun Microsystems.

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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