We (the bloggers and Imagine Cup team) walked in right before the sounds of The Glitch Mob played masterfully as our pre-show entertainment. Our Imagine Cup team stood up to the sound of applause shortly after talking about their successful project which involved portable medical imaging/ultrasounds in order to give much less expensive access to diagnostic health care for people who are unable to afford it.
Robert Wahbe, CVP Server and Tools was our keynote speaker who talked about many applications of both Public and Private Cloud that included extending existing applications, dealing with large data sets and data warehousing, reaching larger capability of high performance computing, better opportunities for promotion of events and content distribution, and better using the Cloud for marketing campaigns and gaming web sites.
Several demos were put on that I found quite interesting.
Joey Snow demonstrated a few Cloud services such as requesting Private Cloud capacity, deploying from the System Center via a New VMM Service Deployment, and Public Cloud deployment.
Amir demonstrated one of the ways that the Cloud can be used as a Business Intelligence System by using PowerPivot to create full spreadsheet, database, and graphic functionality. For those nay-sayers who believe the Cloud is not capable of good speed - think again. In the time that it takes to blink your eyes, he performed a query on a database consisting of 2 billion records, retrieving a bit more than a million of said record matching his query.
Augusto Valdez demonstrated Cloud-Based Productivity via Windows Phone 7 and its ability to sync with its PC-based software via the Cloud. He showed us how to sync with Outlook as well as Lync via Lync Mobile. Finally, he showed us the e-mail security capabilities that one can use on Windows Phone 7.
Edwin Yuen presented what was perhaps my favorite demo - the Worldwide Telescope using the X-Box Kinect. He was able to show us a literal real-time view of events and objects such as the greatest solar eclipse that will ever happen in our lifetimes in 2014 as well as the entirety of the known universe.
Cameron Skinner discussed managing the life cycle of applications using the example of utilizing the Cloud for communication between the Operations side of IT (Infrastructure) and Developers to meet the needs of the customer, understand the requirements, and agree on the priorities of the application.
There was one more demonstration of making an application to address how a call center assigns tickets to technicians.
After wandering about the Convention Center for a while (this is a HUGE place with SO much to do! You really should be here!), I went to a session on "Wiretapping." It is a basic how-to session on using Wireshark to capture and analyze traffic. This is discussed in the next entry if you're interested...