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Live Getting Legs

After a speech last week by Ray Ozzie, I'm suddenly less confused about Microsoft Live.

At a financial analysts meeting, Ozzie told the bean counters and Gordon Geckos in attendance that Live is an entire platform consisting of four levels:

  • Global Foundation Services, which is the hardware (read: massive Microsoft data centers) that supports Web services
  • Cloud Infrastructure Services, which provides load balancing and deployment
  • Live Platform Services, which includes identity management and other application services
  • And last, but not least, are the apps themselves. Here you can collaborate, word process, surf and, of course, read all those advertisements that make this all possible.

This all sounds a bit like the old seven-layer OSI model for networks, with applications at the top. Except the OSI model has no provision for ads!

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/30/2007 at 1:15 PM


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