Prologue to Windows Azure Cloud Computing

To properly appreciate Azure, we have to understand Midori. David Worthington at SD Times wrotethat he had seen the Midori documents. He said (and this was prior to any official announcement),

. . . building Midori from the ground up [in order to] to be connected underscores how much computing has changed since Microsoft’s engineers first designed Windows; there was no Internet as we understand it today, the PC was the user’s sole device and concurrency was a research topic.

Today, users move across multiple devices, consume and share resources remotely and the applications that they use are a composite of local and remote components and services. To that end, Midori will focus on concurrency both for distributed applications and local ones. According to the documentation, Azure was built with an asynchronous only architecture designed for task concurrency and parallel use of local and distributed resources with a distributed component based and data driven application model and dynamic management of power and other resources.

While I was conceited enough to think I was alone in observing the similarities to Cairo (which at one time employed more than 1,000 developers), Mary Jo Foley of ZD Net seems to have found some other old geezers with long memories. We all see Cairo written all over Midori.

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