Cloud Computing Goes From Personal to Business

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We all use cloud computing, we just don’t call it that. It is Yahoo mail. Gmail. Hotmail. Facebook. It is in our personal lives in many different ways. But until now it is not really in the business world in a big way. Yousef Khalidi will share his work to change this. A Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and a key architect of their cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, he will talk of where Microsoft is heading, and how we can harness it in many ways. For example, using the programming language of your preference, across the devices you use. And very scalable solutions that can be deployed to many, many users in one continent but managed by just one person in another. You get to focus on the creative solution, not worry about how to deploy enough servers to handle the upside.

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Yousef Khalidi


Yousef Khalidi is a Distinguished Engineer in the Windows Azure team. Windows Azure is a platform for developing, deploying, managing, and hosting cloud-based services. Khalidi has led several areas of Windows Azure, and is currently responsible for the platform’s enterprise strategy. Before Windows Azure, Khalidi led an advanced development team in Windows that tackled a number of related operating system areas, including application model, resource management, and isolation. He also served as a member of the Windows Core Architecture group.

Before joining Microsoft, Khalidi was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. Khalidi was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect of Solaris, Chief Architect and Director of the Sun Cluster product line, Chief Architect of Sun’s N1 utility computing initiative, as well as a principal architect of Solaris MC and Spring operating systems.

Khalidi has published works in several areas, including operating systems, high availability, distributed systems, object-oriented software, high speed networking, memory management, and computer architecture. He holds 29 patents in these areas. Khalidi has a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia.

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