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The Brains Behind Microsoft’s Cloud-Computing Prowess

Microsoft is no longer just the operating system and office software ruler. It has joined the ranks of newer Internet-born companies like Google and Amazon. This age is way past Bill Gates’ era. But under the leadership of new talents, Microsoft has maintained its reputation as the top technology companies. This third roundup blog post honors the brains behind Microsoft’s cloud-computing effort according to Business Insider.


Microsoft is no longer just the operating system and office software ruler. It has joined the ranks of newer Internet-born companies like Google and Amazon. This age is way past Bill Gates’ era. But under the leadership of new talents, Microsoft has maintained its reputation as the top technology companies. This third roundup blog post honors the brains behind Microsoft’s cloud-computing effort according to Business Insider.

Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft

“Microsoft’s cloud is making some serious headway against arch competitor Amazon, and Guthrie just became the new top cloud guy. He took over Satya Nadella’s job when Nadella became CEO. Microsoft’s cloud is being served up around the world, including mainland China. Over half of Fortune 500 companies use its cloud, named Azure, in some way, Guthrie said at Microsoft’s annual developer conference in April. Azure hosts more than 250,000 websites and 1 million databases and stores more 20 trillion pieces of data. Guthrie came up through the ranks at Microsoft, running teams that built many of Microsoft’s software developer tools. He’s well liked among the folks who build apps for Microsoft Windows. He’s also famous for always wearing a red shirt.”

Mike Ehrenberg, CTO, Microsoft Business Solutions

“Ehrenberg leads Microsoft Dynamics, which is enterprise software that competes with Salesforce.com, Oracle and SAP. While Microsoft doesn’t break out the revenues generated by Dynamics, it is one of the cloud services that contributed to Microsoft’s big growth last quarter. ‘Our commercial cloud services revenue grew more than 100% year-over-year, as customers are embracing Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics CRM Online, and making long-term commitments to the Microsoft platform,’ COO Kevin Turner, said when Microsoft reported results in January. Ehrenberg joined Microsoft in 2003.”

Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow for Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft

“Microsoft has invested $15 billion in its cloud infrastructure, and Mark Russinovich helps Microsoft make the most of that money. He’s the sole Technical Fellow working on Microsoft’s cloud, Azure, the highest technical title used at Microsoft, and he leads the team designing Azure’s technology (in geek speak: its architecture). Russinovich is working on Azure’s “automation,” which is how a cloud can handle so many websites and customers automatically, without humans doing the technical work. Russinovich’s claim to fame is Winternals Software, a company he founded that Microsoft acquired in 2006 for an undisclosed amount. It helped enterprise customers automate many tasks on Windows servers. He’s a popular conference speaker and writes a lot of technical how-to articles. He also published a fiction thriller called ‘Zero Day’ about hackers.”

Bjørn Olstad, Corporate Vice President, FAST Engineering, Microsoft

“Bjørn Olstad came to Microsoft when Microsoft acquired a search-engine company called FAST for $1.2 billion in 2008. He leads a group of engineers in Oslo, Norway. FAST is used by enterprises to search documents. It has also become the tech that powers Microsoft’s brand-new social search app, Office Graph. This helps people find documents, co-workers, groups, Yammer posts and the like. Olstad is also leading a project codenamed ‘Olso.’ Oslo makes Office Graph work automatically, finding your important documents, social posts and messages, and presenting them to you.”

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