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'Microsoft's Cloud Services Approach'
Twenty million businesses and over a billion people use Microsoft cloud services, and many of the Microsoft products that we know and trust are available in the cloud. Like SQL. Office. And Windows. This session will discuss Microsoft's cloud computing vision and investments. Yousef Khalidi, Distinguished Engineer and lead architect for Windows Azure, will outline Microsoft’s cloud strategy and portfolio, then he will discuss the benefits to customers and partners such as business agility, and the array of choice from on-premise into the cloud. Khalidi will also detail the Windows Azure platform pillars, and how they fit into Microsoft’s cloud computing initiatives.

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Dr. Yousef Khalidi is a Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect of Windows Azure at Microsoft. Before 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. During his 14 years at Sun, he held several development, architecture, and management positions in Sun’s software division as well as in Sun Labs. Khalidi was CTO & Chief Architect of Solaris, Chief Architect & 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. He shipped several releases of Sun Cluster and the Solaris operating system, and has worked on system management software, high speed networking, and memory management hardware designs. He has a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia.