About 10,000 computer professionals and software developers across the country are flocking to the Ernest Morial Convention Center this week as part of Microsoft Tech Ed 2010 North America conference. The event will showcase the latest Microsoft software, with a special focus on cloud computing.
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“We are on the cusp of a major change in the cloud computing industry,” said keynote speaker, Bob Muglia, President of Server and Tools Business at the technology giant. “We are looking forward to moving with you in the cloud.”
Cloud computing is an emerging standard in which information is stored and accessed on demand via the Internet rather than locally hosted servers. Muglia said that “cloud computing”, which can be performed using Microsoft Azure platform is the future for companies because it reduces costs, increases processing power and storage capacity, and lets you create and use applications easier and more efficient .
Muglia showed video testimonies of workers in information technology for the Chicago Tribune and the production team of the film Avatar – Tribune workers said that the measure of Azure and cloud computing has drastically reduced the space, effort and energy required to keep your servers, while technical Avatar said technology has allowed them to organize, store and easily access the enormous amount of data needed to create the film massive computer-generated effects.
Muglia asked several senior Microsoft to show some of the new technologies that use cloud computing: Intellitrace Visual Studio, enabling developers and testers to accurately record when errors occur; Communications Server 14, which allows employees in a network to communicate through mail, phone and video chat and upload documents to each from each other, and your Windows 7, which allows direct access cloud-based email accounts and servers.
Other presenters gave examples of the power granted to computers using Azure. A portable computer running the spreadsheet software loaded with millions of rows. annual charity auction Microsoft gathered twice as much money when it was incorporated in the platform, as more applications has been processed. Muglia said cloud computing and makes the most efficient machines, and therefore less pollution. “We can get a refrigerated container with 200 computers with a garden hose”, he boasted.
The keynote address began a convention that will last until Thursday. Attendees will hear speakers give more in-depth tutorials on products and other highly technical – the sessions have names like “New IDE and language features in Microsoft Visual Studio 201 Using Visual Basic and C #,” and ” integration of dynamic languages in your business applications. ”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to show rooms hands on experience with products – with hundreds of computers were created and filled to capacity – as well as workshops led by company officials at both conventions and companions.
The event is a typical local color with some New Orleans – Dopsie Rockin ‘, Jr. & the Zydeco Steppers played before the opening address, accompanied by slides give a brief history of Zydeco and Jazz. Participants were encouraged to visit the restaurants and shops nearby.
The conference concludes Thursday evening with a closing party in style after Mardi Gras.