Cloud OS – what is it and why do I care?

By Ron Grattopp ronaldg-001_thumb2_thumb_thumb1_thum….One term I suspect you’ll start hearing a lot more of going forward is “Cloud OS”. Do you know what that is? Do you care? Well, I’ve run across a couple of articles that I believe answer both, so this’ll be one of my shorter posts as I mainly want to highlight these other posts for your reference and suggest that you might want to become more familiar with the term Cloud OS and why Microsoft should, of course, be your Cloud OS technology of choice.

First, I want to highlight an article done some months back (Nov 2012) by Paul Thurrott entitled, “Microsoft's Cloud OS: A Vision of Infrastructure's Future”.  I’ve dropped Paul’s name in my posts from time to time as I think he is one of the more objective and knowledgeable writers about Microsoft technology around. I did not see this article when it first came out, but now that I’ve read it, I have to say it’s very well done and insightful, and answers many of the questions about Cloud OS that I think most of you might have. I hope you will take the time to read it, I’m pretty sure most of you will learn a lot. And, as always, I call this out as I think it might be valuable info for you to use in a strategic customer conversation.

Also, just a few days ago, Michael Park, Corporate Vice President of Marketing in the Server & Tools Business at Microsoft, wrote another post called: “What is the Cloud OS?”. This is a bit of a higher-level treatment and gives more of a business perspective, also useful for those customer conversations. His section “So, what does the Cloud OS mean to IT organizations?” is pretty much the quintessential elevator pitch on Cloud OS IMHO. After which he lays out why we believe that Microsoft is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of the Cloud OS.

Hope you find these as informative as I did and useful as well.