In my last post I mentioned Software and Services as a new initiative this year from Microsoft. It is a vision outlined by Microsoft’s Chief Architect, Ray Ozzie during his keynote at MIX07. In the coming issue of Microsoft Architect Journal issue 13 an interview is placed, which elaborates on his vision around Software and services. The world slowly transforms from software to services, but both will be there, where software in this context is within domain (on premise) and controlled as a service is outside domain (in the cloud) not controlled, but configured and with SLA’s. There will be hybrid applications, both as software and service. Microsoft will shift to this with their products were it can be licensed and controlled on premise or out of the cloud enhanced as a service from a partner of as is service from Microsoft. So Microsoft will provide both Software Platform & Services Platform.
Providing software in the cloud (internet) as service is similar as Software as a service. Software as a service (SaaS) is a software application delivery model where a software vendor develops a web-native software application and hosts and operates (either independently or through a third-party) the application for use by its customers over the Internet (Wikipedia). So there initiative looks like their way of presenting software as a service. Where their software as I mention already is offered as a service.
Microsoft Software plus services is around Microsoft Service Platform (MSP). What is MSP? Well answer can be found in a web article of Microsoft Watch. Little I read so far in Holland is that it is an infrastructure that can be used for more purposes. Microsoft will provide architecture for it, which consists of four layers. Services that a comparable to the current network layer, these so called foundation services will consists of large datacenters, computer racks and network hardware. Next there will be a layer with data storage capacities. Third layer will consist of platform services for identity, presence and advertising. Finally there will be an application layer.
Well this is all new for me and I did not hear a lot around Software and Services until last week during LEAP and the architecture journal 13 I received in my mailbox. Another challenge to understand and digest this, before I can get a feeling or opinion about this subject.