Laurent Garrigues @elkaturan gave an excellent presentation at the UC2012 about OSIsoft’s efforts to use new cloud capabilities to solve PI user problems. I wrote a little about it here. This week Microsoft publicly released some new capabilities in their Azure cloud and I thought I would take them out for a quick spin.
Scott Guthrie introduced these new capabilities in the keynote at http://meetwindowsazure.com. Scott is the guy driving a lot of the new innovation at Microsoft. People used to joke about the Microsoft “embrace and extend” philosophy which really meant that they tried to co-opt open source and standards based systems with Microsoft proprietary technology. Guthrie seems to genuinely want to open up that open source world to Microsoft users without trying to replace it with a Microsoft alternative. We have already seen the benefits of his approach with ASP.NET MVC, which I am growing to love. His blog is here. You should check it out if you have not already.