This morning at the Microsoft Management Summit 2009 in Las Vegas, Bob Kelly talked about Microsoft’s vision on the “cloud”.
Microsoft’s vision is that there will be a mix of private and public clouds in the future. In the private cloud, companies will have their infrastructure on-premise, but in such an abstract way that hardware and logical layer are de-coupled. The public cloud will offer similar services in a flexible and high available way, but hosted by Microsoft. Companies can then use these to scale out or outsource applications and services.
An exiting preview on the next System Center Virtual Machine Manager showed Microsoft’s investment in Server Application Virtualization. This technology, based on App-V, will revolutionize the way server applications are deployed. It will integrate into SCVMM in such a way that OS’s can be changed without having to re-do the server applications.
In the SCVMM release after R2, Microsoft will also add a “cloud” connection. Providers can host massive Hyper-V farms that can be purchased as computing power. In a single pane of glass, in SCVMM, a company can scale out and “move” a VM to the public cloud in a safe and secure manner.