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Posted by Anandeep PannuSenior Program Manager – Open Source Technical Center
Virtualization technology plays an increasingly critical role at all levels of IT, from the desktop to the datacenter. As more organizations use virtualization to manage mission-critical workloads, they are taking advantage of the cost-saving benefits of server consolidation and building foundations for private, public and hybrid cloud computing. To help customers adopt virtualization and progress toward cloud computing, Microsoft is committed to supporting multiple platforms with its server virtualization solution. Tomorrow at BSDCan 2012, Microsoft and its partners NetApp and Citrix will extend this cross-platform commitment, presenting FreeBSD support on Windows Server Hyper-V.
The FreeBSD drivers will allow FreeBSD to run as a first-class guest on the Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor. The drivers will be fully released early this summer, including the source code for the drivers under the BSD license, and will initially work with FreeBSD 8.2 and 8.3 on Windows Server 2008 R2.
For Microsoft the project breaks new ground – it’s the first project supporting open source development alongside commercial partners like NetApp and Citrix.
Today at BSDCan, NetApp and Microsoft presented their collaboration with Citrix to bring native support for FreeBSD on the Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor. This continues a commitment to extend support across platforms to the Windows Server Hyper-V solution, making it easier for more customers to realize the benefits of server virtualization and progress toward cloud computing. We caught up with Joe CaraDonna, NetApp Technical Director of Core Operating Systems, for more on how this collaboration will support FreeBSD and Microsoft customers and partners, as well as his insights into what’s next.
Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group
I’m excited to be at the Open Source Business Conference today and to announce that in collaboration with SUSE, and based on our longstanding alliance, we are releasing a beta version of the SUSE Manager Management Pack for System Center. This management pack connects the Linux server management capabilities provided by SUSE Manager to System Center, Microsoft’s management platform. As a result, customers will be able to administer both Windows and Linux environments from a single management console. If you’d like to test out the Linux management capabilities this management pack provides for System Center, you can access it here.
Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
With consumers and businesses seeking ways to ensure greater and more streamlined productivity across a rapidly expanding sea of devices and platforms, many have turned to the cloud for answers. Since launching, Microsoft’s SkyDrive has delivered personal cloud storage for Windows that’s available anywhere – via any HTML5 web browser, across operating systems, and across many mobile devices. To expand on this commitment to anywhere access, Microsoft has released SkyDrive apps for your PC, Mac, along with key updates to Windows Phone and iOS apps, that improve file management and sharing across devices. SkyDrive also makes it easy for developers to bring cloud storage to any app on any platform, with tools like the Live SDK for Android.
This builds upon last week’s announcement that SkyDrive and Office Web Apps now support the Open Document Format, which is used by open source office suites like OpenOffice. All this means even greater access for consumers, no matter the platform nor the device. For more on the new SkyDrive, including how SkyDrive stacks up to other services, see a recent post on the SkyDrive blog. You can download the new SkyDrive here and share feedback on Twitter or the blog.
Posted by James UtzschneiderGeneral Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
We use this blog to talk about Microsoft’s approach to Openness and our investments in standards, interoperability, and integration with open source software. We do this because we have changed as a company and have become more open.
Many of our government customers are listening to this and clearly recognize the value we bring in terms of our approach to openness and interoperability.
It has been common practice for government agencies over the last decade to announce the prescriptive use of open source technology as a way to cut costs and deliver better value to citizens while driving innovation and stimulating the local economy. Some government organizations made large-scale reviews and deployments of open source software, particularly on the desktop, only to find that this approach alone did not provide the expected cost-saving or returns on interoperability or benefits delivered.
At the same time, these agencies saw a Microsoft that was investing heavily in working with open source vendors and communities, in supporting standard document formats like ODF, in building rich integration with Linux on the desktop and the server, and in mainstreaming the new stack of web standards like PHP and HTML5. Many of these agencies realized they could have the best of both worlds and subsequently augmented or even replaced their open source-only deployments with Microsoft technology. They like that we have made a commitment to ensure our technology works well with others combined with the overall platform value we deliver.
I am in Berlin today meeting with members of the German Parliament and speaking at the LinuxTag open source conference. The conversations I am having here reinforce for me that the decisions made by governments around open source were done with the absolute best intentions for their citizens and communities in mind. However real-world experience, combined with a changing Microsoft, have led government leaders to realize that there is now a better way, and governments across Europe including here in Germany are evolving their approach on this topic.