Earlier this year, Satya Nadella, Microsoft's newly appointed President of Server and Tools (of which Windows Azure is a part), pronounced "the [tech] industry is moving towards a post-virtualization era." This past Wednesday, at the GigaOm Structure Conference, Nadella underscored the importance of the cloud and gave a brief overview of what he saw as the drivers towards the shift to post-virtualization. Please click here to access the article on zdnet.com.
In a separate article, Nadella was recently asked "what's driving the shift to post-virtualization?", his response:
“First, the notion of a modern operating system is shifting from software running on a single, physical server, to software running across an entire datacenter of servers. Services traditionally managed by a machine – storage, networking, compute – are no longer bound to a particular machine. This notion of an “elastic” infrastructure can have significant business benefits for customers. Moreover, he says, the data itself is becoming a platform developers can build on that leads to a whole new set of innovative application scenarios.”
To read this entire article, from Microsoft's News Center, click here.