(via Frank Gibson's Peanutbutter) Hugo Hiden, the technical director of the North-East Regional e-Science Centre (NEReSC) started a new blog where he will explore how to build an e-Science platform based on Microsoft technology. The initial post explains a little bit why he is doing this:
"The reason for this blog is, primarily, to document my experiences with writing a prototype e-Science research platform using Microsoft tools instead of the more traditional approach of fighting with Open Source. This way is easier, supposedly."
and also, what he aims to build:
"The task I have set myself is to recreate, at a basic level, the software being developed by the CARMEN project (http://www.carmen.org.uk). "
Let's see how it goes. Maybe they'll take suggestions later on :).