Anyone noticed the striking similarities the Windows Live APIs have to Hailstorm? George Moore, General Manager, Live Platform Services posted an interesting article outlining the unified storage APIs becoming available:
For the first time ever we have a unified protocol and developer tooling story across most of our major storage products from Microsoft:
- On-premises structured storage: SQL Server
- Cloud-based structured services: SQL Server Data Services
- Cloud-based Live storage services: Spaces Photos and Application Data storage
Granted, I haven’t put more than 10 minutes of actual thought into this, but here is what I’m taking away so far:
- Microsoft is benefiting from Ray Ozzie’s experience with data synchronization (Groove)
- They realize that people are more willing to do mash-ups than when Hailstorm came out
- Companies need to own the data, in part or whole, locally for performance, legal, or privacy reasons (or just don’t trust Microsoft to own the only copy of their data)
- Storage of structured data and application data continues to grow by services such as YouTube, Flickr, and others
- If they don’t make a play in this space, they will lose another foothold with companies that don’t need them beyond a desktop OS and office productivity software anyway
What do you think?
Update: Joel Spolsky posted his comments on this as well. Well said, Joel!