Microsoft combines Azure and Windows Server orgs: “Server and Cloud Division”

3007.azurepics_thumb_6fac3313 Featured News Microsoft announced today that Windows Azure and Windows Server will together become a new division in the Server and Tools Business: the Server and Cloud Division.  If it wasn’t clear before, Microsoft is heavily invested in “the cloud”, and this move further solidifies Azure into the mainstream of Server and Tools.  In a blog post, Microsoft defines its unique position in this emerging industry:

As the only company in the industry that has the leading server platform complemented by a massive investment in online services, we have the unique ability to offer our customers a choice to tap into one or both approaches simultaneously through one consistent platform.

Here are some details, from the Windows Server Division blog:

Together, Windows Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server, SQL Azure, Visual Studio and System Center help customers extend existing investments to include a future that will combine both on-premises and cloud solutions, and SCD is now a key player in that effort.

The details of this organizational change are noted below:

1. The Windows Azure development team, will move from under Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie to the Server & Tools Business, led by Bob Muglia, President, Server and Tools Division.  Senior Vice President Amitabh Srivastava will lead the newly formed SCD, reporting to Bob.

2. The Windows Server and Solutions group, led by Corporate Vice President Bill Laing, will join the Windows Azure team to form the Server & Cloud Division.  Bill will report to Amitabh and will continue his role as a key member of the STB leadership team.  Bill will partner with Amitabh to continue the bilateral sharing of technology between Windows Server and Windows Azure, which has been a key design goal of Microsoft’s software + services strategy.

3. The Windows Azure business and marketing team, will continue to be led by Doug Hauger.  Doug will join the Server and Tools Marketing Group, led by Corporate Vice President Robert Wahbe, reporting to Corporate Vice President Bob Kelly, who is also responsible for Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront.

We’ll continue to follow Azure and Microsoft’s cloud investments as part of an overall view of what Microsoft is doing in the online space, both in terms of Windows Live, and in this larger perspective of cloud services.