Fun times. I would defiantly like to see how that pans out for them. I am tired of seeing them and closed source. They would be so much better if they opened up to the open source market.
I get the feeling that Steve Ballmer started babbling about this new "Cloud OS [webmasterworld.com]" way before he was supposed to. They usually try to keep these sorts of announcements under wraps until the conference.
According to some the Azure announcement will be fleshed out during tomorrow's sessions. The details of this new OS are still not very clear to me.
I *still* don't get the benefits of third party cloud computing.
Why enjoy the low latency, higher security and better control of your own local group of servers when you can throw your data all over the web with response delays?
Practical examples please...?
Cost - Buying servers is relatively cheap but once you have them servers are expensive to own. You have the capital costs of the buildings, you have to secure and monitor them, install and maintain halon fire supression systems, run air con, maintain and regularly test backup generators, and then.. do all that for a second site if you want any sort of DR capability. That's not including support, patching, administration, etc etc. All those costs continue even when you aren't using your servers.
If you use someone else's servers then it's going to be a lot cheaper because you're not paying for under-utilised capacity. They can host multiple clients and use the capacity more efficiently.
I understand what you are saying about the cost, but the lack of control is what will prevent me from using the 'cloud'. I want to control my own servers and have controled access to my data. I don't want to rely on the good will of Microsoft, or Google, to not peak at my data.