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Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow working on the Windows Azure team and is considered one of the leading experts on its architecture. He is currently working on the Windows Azure Fabric Controller, which handles kernel-level tasks for the platform. He explains the functions of the Fabric Controller in detail during the following video, illustrating concepts with references to data centers and legacy Microsoft operating systems.
Windows Azure: Platform as a Service
This discussion also highlights how Windows Azure is being designed to scale for HPC-based instances and applications. At 45 minutes, this is a great overview of the latest status on Windows Azure platform development from one of the leading software architects at Microsoft. Despite how technical the discussion becomes at times, Mark Russinovich does a great job of referring back to what it means to data center requirements and simplifying complex concepts through examples.