Head in the Clouds Moore's Law and the Evolution of Cloud Computing Implications and Drivers of Information Economics. Sean Farney Principal Program Manager Microsoft Corporation. S ean Farney Bio. Mr. Farney, a 2007 MSIT graduate, is a Principal Program Manager in the Data
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Principal Program Manager
Mr. Farney, a 2007 MSIT graduate, is a Principal Program Manager in the Data
Center Services organization at Microsoft Corporation. He currently manages the
integration of the Online Services business and Partner relationships into
Microsoft's global data center footprint.
With a 15+ year background in Information Technology, past roles have
included Network Architect at the Boston Consulting Group, Director of Global
Technology Infrastructure for Havi Global Solutions, and IT Director at The
His publications include, "An Application of Central Limit Theorem to Wide Area
Network Service Level Agreement Analyses", written under advisement of Dr.
He sits on the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering MSIT
Alumni Board and serves as Technology Advisor to The Golden Apple Foundation.
A Chicago native, Sean lives in Wheaton with his wife and 3 kids.
eBay, Blogging, Twitter, SaaS
Compute Capability & Cost Over Time
Capability - MIPS, Hz, bps, GB
1970s1980s 1990s 2000s
Infrastructure Centralization & Network Effect Over Time
Connected users (v~n2)
1970s1980s 1990s 2000s
We have reached Technological pervasiveness
Interesting thought exercise: combine Moore’s & Metcalfe’s, add-in cost to value proposition
“The software industry is changing by the minute. This once-ethereal, all
intellectual property business is starting to seem like old industry, where
Advantage will come from physical assets and capital spending. From
the tyranny of the application to the massive scale of infrastructure- this is
Fortune Magazine, Microsoft’s cash versus Google, 05 May 2006
Mike Manos video
“Containerization”: Microsoft’s Chicago DC’s Cblox
progression of Moore’s
“What made large scale electric utilities possible was a series of
engineering breakthroughs…but what ensured their triumph was not
technology but economics” Nicholas Carr, The Big Switch, 2008
“When computers users spend more time tapping remote disks and
databases than accessing their own, software will be fundamentally
changed…and proliferate across the web in components rather than in
suites” George Gilder, Telecosm, 2000
The Big Switch, Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, Nicholas Carr, 2008
Telecosm: The World After Bandwidth Abundance, George Gilder, 2002
What Ray Ozzie sees in Azure's cloud
Microsoft launches Windows Azure
Mike Manos blog
Microsoft Container presentation
Hardware Makers Eye Cloud Computing Building Boom
The Woman Behind the Microsoft Cloud
Microsoft's Bid To Control The Cloud
Microsoft to support Windows Azure with datacenter investments
Microsoft Plans Big Data Center Expansion to Support Azure
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