Openness@Microsoft

Open dialogue about standards, open source, and interoperability at Microsoft

January, 2013

  • SMB 3.0 Interoperability Efforts Supported by Thriving Ecosystem

    Posted by Darryl Welch
    Principal Program Manager, Windows Server Interoperability Engineering Team

    Over at The Register this month, Trevor Pott praised Windows Server 2012, detailing his favorite features all culminating in what he calls the “crown jewel of [Windows] Server 2012”: SMB 3.0. SMB, along with its predecessor CIFS, are the most widely-used file-access protocols in the world.

    However, SMB 3.0 isn’t a Microsoft-only endeavor. A critical aspect of Windows Server 2012 development is the ecosystem dedicated to shipping SMB 3.0 capable systems. We have been working closely with many companies and organizations by participating in “plugfest” events that provide opportunities for testing and feedback, as well as providing extensive protocol documentation.

  • Openness Partner Spotlight: OpenLogic Brings CentOS into the Cloud with Windows Azure

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Microsoft is dedicated to ensuring that our software, services, and devices work easily across our platforms, especially with the global shift in IT toward the Cloud. With this in mind, we continue to work with other technology companies, both commercial and open source, to streamline interoperability and enhance functionality.

    Among these companies is the team at OpenLogic, who have worked with Microsoft over the past year to bring their supported CentOS images to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, giving CentOS users a Microsoft public Cloud option in addition to the existing private Cloud support for CentOS running on Windows Server Hyper-V. With Windows Azure Virtual Machines, currently in preview, users can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines in minutes in the public Cloud and migrate existing workloads without having to change existing code in the majority of the cases.

    OpenLogic’s CEO, Steven Grandchamp, and Director of Engineering and Co-founder, Eric Weidner, recently offered perspectives on their work with CentOS and affirmatively answered the question “Linux…with Microsoft…really?”

  • Find and Share Open Source Images for Windows Azure with VM Depot

    Posted by Kerry Godes
    Senior Manager of Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Yesterday’s preview release of VM Depot for Windows Azure marked an exciting milestone for the openness of Microsoft’s cloud platform, giving customers another way to transition to the cloud on their terms.

    VM Depot is a community-driven catalog of open source virtual machine images for Windows Azure, including preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks. Find your favorite open source software and deploy it in minutes, or join the community, build a virtual machine image, and share it with others.