Software giant Microsoft has advised people to adopt an efficient hybrid computing model to ensure a smooth transition towards a cloud-based infrastructure.
Speaking at the company's TechEd 2010 event in New Orleans, Bob Muglia, the head of servers and tools at Microsoft, said: "We're at the cusp of a major transformation in the industry called cloud computing. It will affect us all. But to get there it will require a lot of execution and changes. We're creating the precursors for the cloud. Today there is a lot of work you're doing inside your environment that could be delivered as a service.”
Muglia went on to explain that there are thousands of applications already built for use in the cloud, which he hopes customers may benefit from whether using Microsoft's own Azure cloud, or one of the .Net platforms provided by partners.
He also highlighted the cloud-based tools Microsoft Systems Center, Visual Studio 2010, Windows 7 and software from the acquisition of Opalis in 2009.