Microsoft‘s Ray Ozzie revealed the company’s Cloud Computing aspirations at their Professional Developers Conference (PDC) last October, when he unveiled Windows Azure. Intended – at least initially – to run in Microsoft’s own data centres, Azure is an integral part of the company’s efforts to retain and grow marketshare as aspects of their existing business are disrupted by shifting requirements amongst enterprise customers and consumers.
As part of my ongoing series of conversations with those shaping the future of the Cloud Computing landscape, I spoke with Amitabh Srivastava this week. Amitabh is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, with responsibility for Windows Azure.
The result has just been released as a podcast during which Amitabh discusses the background to Azure, the company’s intention to move from Community Technology Preview to formal release this year, and the manner in which Azure will interact with company data centres and locally deployed applications.
Have a listen, and see what you think.