is a Distinguished Engineer with a rich history in both operating system design and distributed computing. Yousef is
responsible for the overall design of Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud operating system (which includes the Azure development platform in addition to the "OS", aka Windows Azure). Windows Azure is an operating system in the sense that it supplies a host of
core services, process scheduling and management, identity management, etc, that we typically expect from a general purpose operating system.
In this first installment of C9 Conversations (we sit down with various Microsoft technical leaders to discuss a wide range of topics related to general purpose computing; all in high quality video and audio (big thanks to Tina Summerford for producing this
new series)), the topic is cloud computing. What is it, exactly? Why does it matter? What are the challenges involved in taking software to the cloud? What does that mean, exactly? Is Windows Azure an operating system by analogy? What is Windows Azure, exactly?
Yousef will be presenting
his ideas on cloud computing and its future at PDC09
as part of the
Technical Leaders track
. Make sure to attend his talk if you're interested in how Microsoft thinks about the future of cloud computing.