Posted by Sandy Gupta
General Manager, Open Solutions Group 

A common truth in this industry is that emerging markets often leapfrog mature ones when it comes to adopting new business models and technologies.
 
One example that illustrates this well is cloud computing in China.
 
Cloud-based infrastructure is budding across cities and provinces throughout China to support the country’s rapid transformation and evolution into the world’s foremost economy. To help provide the mixed source infrastructure necessary to facilitate the awesome growth and change taking place across China, Microsoft today signed a collaboration agreement with China Standard Software Corporation (CS2C), the country’s leading domestic Linux operating system provider. 
 
I had the personal honor of representing Microsoft at the official signing ceremony in Beijing this morning with Dr. Han Naiping, President of CS2C. The event included a strong showing of leadership across Chinese business, government and industry, including Professor Lu Shouqun, Chairman of China Open Source Promotion Union (COPU) and Chen Chong, Chairman of China Software Industry Association (CSIA).
 
As this agreement with CS2C has come to fruition, I am inspired by the mutual commitment from our companies to prioritize the need for mixed source cloud solutions for our joint customers.
 
We are working together with CS2C to bring about a true, open architecture in the area of cloud management and automation for IT organizations throughout China. A cornerstone of this agreement is for CS2C-branded Linux servers to run under the Hyper-V Cloud architecture as a first class guest. CS2C and Microsoft will work together to enable CS2C Linux to run well on Hyper-V and be managed through Microsoft System Center.
 
We feel strongly that interoperable Linux and Windows offerings will empower customers to build solutions that will enable them to capitalize on opportunities to expand, grow and achieve the focus necessary to fuel innovation.

I very much look forward to seeing how our work together with CS2C will support China’s transition to the cloud – and how this experience in turn may influence change in other markets as well.