Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: AppDynamics Blog, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Trevor Parsons, Jason Bloomberg

Related Topics: Microsoft Cloud, Microservices Expo, IoT User Interface

Microsoft Cloud: Article

Microsoft's Live Labs Launches: Think Tank/Incubator for the "Web 2.0" Era

"Live Labs has ambitious goals and will shortly number in excess of 100 world-class researchers and innovators"

 Last week, Microsoft marshaled its vast resources and influence to launch a full-blown think tank and incubator for the disruptive and increasingly pervasive technologies and products of the Web 2.0 age: it's called Live Labs. I was fortunate to be in invited attendance at Microsoft's terrific Search Champs conference last week and had a front row seat to listen to Dr. Gary Flake as he explained the innovative vision for this new and extensive research organization. 

And a significant effort it is: Live Labs has ambitious goals and will shortly number in excess of 100 world-class researchers and innovators, all coming together to exploit the new forms of communication and collaboration made possible by the fact that the online world is increasingly woven into the fabric of our daily lives.


Live Labs: MSN, Microsoft Research == Web 2.0 Era Think Tank and Incubator


While you can read the intriguing Live Labs manifesto at Live Labs yourself, I was more fascinated by Gary's presentation where he discussed the seed ideas that prompted MSN and Microsoft Research
(aka MSR) to come together and start Live Labs.  Note that MSR, started way back at the dawn of the Web in 1991, has a very successful track record for moving emerging and leading edge technologies directly into Microsoft products.  For its part, MSN represents both the bulwark and beachhead of Microsoft's mainstream Web presence and also develops Microsoft's Live Software products, particularly Live.com, which will become increasingly important as the linchpin of Microsoft's version of Web 2.0 ideas. 

If Microsoft and others create compelling enough services for Live.com, the idea is that customers will literally live there and consume an ever greater majority of their data and services via this customizable roaming desktop.

But back to Live Labs itself, which is intended from the beginning to be the leading alliance "between some of the best engineering and scientific talent in the world. It will be the pre-eminent applied research laboratory for Internet technologies," according to Gary Flake, who is also leading this effort. 

Simply stated, Microsoft sees that software is increasingly moving to the Web, just as the Web becomes a completely immersive, two-way experience for more and more people.  With the Internet becoming a major force for the democratization of information, tools, and resources, it's triggering a revolution in the way that we live our lives.  This revolution is dramatically shaping how "we create, share, and refine anything that can be digitally encoded, be it news and information, artistic forms, scientific breakthroughs, personal communications, economic transactions, and, yes, even software," according to the Live Labs manifesto.

If MSR's previous successes are any indication, Microsoft may very well achieve most of the goals it has set out for Live Labs and acknowledges the task is huge and may take decades.  Thus, Live Labs sets out three goals:


  • Empower Microsoft employees to create Internet technologies and solutions more easily and quickly than ever before.
  • Sponsor exchanges of knowledge, research, and innovation between partners, the academic community, and the world of the Internet.
  • Foster a community of people and projects which will inspire others to join in.

It's this first piece which is the most telling.  Though Gary makes much of the The Long Tail, network effects, the Internet Singularity, at the end of the day, Live Labs is first and foremost in the business of helping Microsoft to succeed in this emerging new world.  And to hear Gary tell it, they understand that this new world is fundamentally revolutionary and is just beginning.  So the winners will be those who seize the day now, lay the foundation, and plant the seeds for leveraging this ever tighter coupling between the online and offline worlds that Gary believes will dramatically "accelerate science, business, society, and self-actualization."


Dr. Gary Flake Describes Live Labs on Announcement Day - Jan. 26th - at Search Champs



I certainly believe that Microsoft is making the right moves and investmest in this space.  And while they mention Web 2.0 in the manifesto, they are even willing to one-up the concept and state that even bigger things are afoot: World 2.0; a fundamental symbiosis of the real world and the online world(s).  But ramping up a large organization is difficult and will take time, just like MSR took years to start churning out innovation into Microsoft's product line.  I suspect however that they will have earlier, and perhaps larger, success with Live Labs (aka MSR 2.0) because of prior experience and because, like the manifesto says, in this new world, "startup costs and barriers to entry diminish; opportunities for creating entirely new value increase; human muscle no longer gates scalability; transactions are not bound by time, distance, or size; and something intangible - a better algorithm - can massively increase global utility and welfare."

I've written recently that if I were invested in a Web 2.0 product line that Microsoft was getting into, I would worry once they fully get Live Software off the ground.  Microsoft seems to realize Web 2.0, Live Software, and World 2.0 is the where the future lies and they are rallying the troops.

For other great coverage of Microsoft's new Live Labs, read these great articles:


Finally, as a special treat to readers of this blog, with his express permission, I was able to record the original presentation by Dr. Flake at Search Champs last week into a podcast for all to hear (full file here, 52MB, 55 minutes, 33 seconds).  It's very clear though you'll have to turn it up a bit.  Note that this was the speech that also included Robert Scoble's terrific "I'm not an edge case" dialogue (link with audio here, and more background here.)


Gary Flake's Live Labs Presentation on January 26th:


posted Sunday, 29 January 2006

Dr. Gary Flake Describes Live Labs on Announcement Day - Jan. 26th - at Search Champs



I certainly believe that Microsoft is making the right moves and investmest in this space.  And while they mention Web 2.0 in the manifesto, they are even willing to one-up the concept and state that even bigger things are afoot: World 2.0; a fundamental symbiosis of the real world and the online world(s).  But ramping up a large organization is difficult and will take time, just like MSR took years to start churning out innovation into Microsoft's product line.  I suspect however that they will have earlier, and perhaps larger, success with Live Labs (aka MSR 2.0) because of prior experience and because, like the manifesto says, in this new world, "startup costs and barriers to entry diminish; opportunities for creating entirely new value increase; human muscle no longer gates scalability; transactions are not bound by time, distance, or size; and something intangible - a better algorithm - can massively increase global utility and welfare."

I've written recently that if I were invested in a Web 2.0 product line that Microsoft was getting into, I would worry once they fully get Live Software off the ground.  Microsoft seems to realize Web 2.0, Live Software, and World 2.0 is the where the future lies and they are rallying the troops.

For other great coverage of Microsoft's new Live Labs, read these great articles:


Finally, as a special treat to readers of this blog, with his express permission, I was able to record the original presentation by Dr. Flake at Search Champs last week into a podcast for all to hear (full file here, 52MB, 55 minutes, 33 seconds).  It's very clear though you'll have to turn it up a bit.  Note that this was the speech that also included Robert Scoble's terrific "I'm not an edge case" dialogue (link with audio here, and more background here.)


Gary Flake's Live Labs Presentation on January 26th:


posted Sunday, 29 January 2006

More Stories By RIA News Desk

Ever since Google popularized a smarter, more responsive and interactive Web experience by using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) for its Google Maps & Gmail applications, SYS-CON's RIA News Desk has been covering every aspect of Rich Internet Applications and those creating and deploying them. If you have breaking RIA news, please send it to [email protected] to share your product and company news coverage with AJAXWorld readers.

Comments (1) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
SYS-CON Australia News Desk 01/30/06 01:26:54 PM EST

Last week, Microsoft marshaled its vast resources and influence to launch a full-blown think tank and incubator for the disruptive and increasingly pervasive technologies and products of the Web 2.0 age: it's called Live Labs. Dion Hinchcliffe was fortunate to be in invited attendance at Microsoft's terrific Search Champs conference last week and had a front row seat to listen to Dr. Gary Flake as he explained the innovative vision for this new and extensive research organization.

@MicroservicesExpo Stories
The Internet of Things. Cloud. Big Data. Real-Time Analytics. To those who do not quite understand what these phrases mean (and let’s be honest, that’s likely to be a large portion of the world), words like “IoT” and “Big Data” are just buzzwords. The truth is, the Internet of Things encompasses much more than jargon and predictions of connected devices. According to Parker Trewin, Senior Director of Content and Communications of Aria Systems, “IoT is big news because it ups the ante: Reach out ...
"We got started as search consultants. On the services side of the business we have help organizations save time and save money when they hit issues that everyone more or less hits when their data grows," noted Otis Gospodnetić, Founder of Sematext, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
"We've just seen a huge influx of new partners coming into our ecosystem, and partners building unique offerings on top of our API set," explained Seth Bostock, Chief Executive Officer at IndependenceIT, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Learn how to solve the problem of keeping files in sync between multiple Docker containers. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Aaron Brongersma, Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Modulus, discussed using rsync, GlusterFS, EBS and Bit Torrent Sync. He broke down the tools that are needed to help create a seamless user experience. In the end, can we have an environment where we can easily move Docker containers, servers, and volumes without impacting our applications? He shared his results so yo...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
Auto-scaling environments, micro-service architectures and globally-distributed teams are just three common examples of why organizations today need automation and interoperability more than ever. But is interoperability something we simply start doing, or does it require a reexamination of our processes? And can we really improve our processes without first making interoperability a requirement for how we choose our tools?
Microservices are individual units of executable code that work within a limited framework. They are extremely useful when placed within an architecture of numerous microservices. On June 24th, 2015 I attended a webinar titled “How to Share Share-Nothing Microservices,” hosted by Jason Bloomberg, the President of Intellyx, and Scott Edwards, Director Product Marketing for Service Virtualization at CA Technologies. The webinar explained how to use microservices to your advantage in order to deliv...
Approved this February by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), HTTP/2 is the first major update to HTTP since 1999, when HTTP/1.1 was standardized. Designed with performance in mind, one of the biggest goals of HTTP/2 implementation is to decrease latency while maintaining a high-level compatibility with HTTP/1.1. Though not all testing activities will be impacted by the new protocol, it's important for testers to be aware of any changes moving forward.
Public Cloud IaaS started its life in the developer and startup communities and has grown rapidly to a $20B+ industry, but it still pales in comparison to how much is spent worldwide on IT: $3.6 trillion. In fact, there are 8.6 million data centers worldwide, the reality is many small and medium sized business have server closets and colocation footprints filled with servers and storage gear. While on-premise environment virtualization may have peaked at 75%, the Public Cloud has lagged in adop...
How do you securely enable access to your applications in AWS without exposing any attack surfaces? The answer is usually very complicated because application environments morph over time in response to growing requirements from your employee base, your partners and your customers. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Haseeb Budhani, CEO and Co-founder of Soha, shared five common approaches that DevOps teams follow to secure access to applications deployed in AWS, Azure, etc., and the friction an...
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
Digital Transformation is the ultimate goal of cloud computing and related initiatives. The phrase is certainly not a precise one, and as subject to hand-waving and distortion as any high-falutin' terminology in the world of information technology. Yet it is an excellent choice of words to describe what enterprise IT—and by extension, organizations in general—should be working to achieve. Digital Transformation means: handling all the data types being found and created in the organizat...
JavaScript is primarily a client-based dynamic scripting language most commonly used within web browsers as client-side scripts to interact with the user, browser, and communicate asynchronously to servers. If you have been part of any web-based development, odds are you have worked with JavaScript in one form or another. In this article, I'll focus on the aspects of JavaScript that are relevant within the Node.js environment.
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect t...
This week, I joined SOASTA as Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics. Given my background in cloud computing and distributed systems operations — you may have read my blogs on CNET or GigaOm — this may surprise you, but I want to explain why this is the perfect time to take on this opportunity with this team. In fact, that’s probably the best way to break this down. To explain why I’d leave the world of infrastructure and code for the world of data and analytics, let’s explore the timing...
Countless business models have spawned from the IaaS industry. Resell Web hosting, blogs, public cloud, and on and on. With the overwhelming amount of tools available to us, it's sometimes easy to overlook that many of them are just new skins of resources we've had for a long time. In his General Session at 16th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, broke down what we've got to work with and discuss the benefits and pitfalls to discover how we can best use them to d...
Containers are changing the security landscape for software development and deployment. As with any security solutions, security approaches that work for developers, operations personnel and security professionals is a requirement. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kevin Gilpin, CTO and Co-Founder of Conjur, will discuss various security considerations for container-based infrastructure and related DevOps workflows.
Microservices are hot. And for good reason. To compete in today’s fast-moving application economy, it makes sense to break large, monolithic applications down into discrete functional units. Such an approach makes it easier to update and add functionalities (text-messaging a customer, calculating sales tax for a specific geography, etc.) and get those updates / adds into production fast. In fact, some would argue that microservices are a prerequisite for true continuous delivery. But is it too...
You often hear the two titles of "DevOps" and "Immutable Infrastructure" used independently. In his session at DevOps Summit, John Willis, Technical Evangelist for Docker, covered the union between the two topics and why this is important. He provided an overview of Immutable Infrastructure then showed how an Immutable Continuous Delivery pipeline can be applied as a best practice for "DevOps." He ended the session with some interesting case study examples.
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.