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

September, 2013

  • Now Available: SUSE Cloud 2.0 with Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

    Posted by Michael Kelley
    Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Open Source Technology Center


    Last week SUSE announced the general availability of SUSE Cloud 2.0, an enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building private clouds. This release includes full support for Microsoft Hyper-V, helping customers set up mixed hypervisor private clouds that can be rapidly deployed and easily managed.

    “Heterogeneous infrastructure is an enterprise IT fact of life, and Microsoft is committed to serving customers in mixed Windows and open source environments,” said Mike Schutz, Microsoft General Manager of Product Marketing. “Now, SUSE Cloud 2.0 support for compute nodes running Microsoft Hyper-V can help customers create private clouds that include multiple hypervisors, providing increased flexibility and workload optimization.”

  • Announced Today: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software on Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    This morning Microsoft and Oracle announced the next big step in their partnership, delivering the power of Oracle’s mission-critical software to the millions of customers running Windows and Windows Azure.

    The combination of Oracle workloads on Microsoft clouds is incredibly powerful for customers looking for enterprise-grade reliability, scalability and performance. Starting today, Microsoft’s offering includes a Windows Azure preview of license-included Windows Server virtual machine images running Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Java Development Kit.  Oracle is delivering a bring-your-own-license Oracle Linux virtual machine images running Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server in Windows Azure.

    Oracle on Windows Azure

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: How Data-Driven Decision Making is Transforming Government

    Posted by Parul Bhandari
    Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector

    History has demonstrated time and again that when available technology catches up to ideas, extraordinary things can happen. The combustion engine, the airplane, and the personal computer are just a few examples of this principle at work. Similarly, today’s public-sector organizations are able to credibly deliver on a promise that politicians and policy pros have long imagined: data-driven, outcome-oriented governance.

    What’s Driving the Evolution of ‘Smarter’ Government?

    What innovation is enabling this shift? Like their counterparts in the business community, government agencies are embracing technologies for analyzing Big Data to gain important insights. Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to aggregate, synthesize, and report on data from across multiple systems. As a result, savvy leaders are quickly realizing the enormous value embedded in information that, until now, has languished in stand-alone spreadsheets.

    Even in government circles, data-driven decision making is not an altogether new concept. Yet, it is only in the past few years that government agencies have transitioned from simply collecting data to systematically using it to inform decisions, cut fraud and waste, boost efficiency, and deliver more personalized citizen service. Increasing public demand for access to government information, shrinking administrative budgets, and the evolution of software tools for processing massive amounts of data have all played a role in this shift.

  • Spotlight on Microsoft Research: the Open Workshops of the Future at World Maker Faire

    Posted by Amy Green
    Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

    Every year, tens of thousands of people descend upon New York City to take part in what’s billed as “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” and an “all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.” What brings such a diverse group together? The one and only World Maker Faire New York (WMFNY).

    Taking place this weekend at the renowned New York Hall of Science, Microsoft Research is honored to be an exhibitor at this celebration of curiosity, creativity, and forward-thinking from around the world.

  • Openness Customer Spotlight: Microsoft Helps Aston Martin Solve Interoperability Challenges

    Posted by Steve Lamb
    Microsoft United Kingdom

    With nearly a century of history, Aston Martin has developed into an automotive icon, a marque synonymous with luxury, heritage and authentic craftsmanship. All of their models are hand-crafted, using advanced technology processes within a very modern environment at the forefront of contemporary manufacturing.

    Supporting the company’s entire operations, including locations in England, Germany, the United States, Japan, and China, is a sophisticated IT infrastructure. However, over time, this infrastructure had evolved into a heterogeneous platform of disparate operating systems and management tools.

    “The 15-member infrastructure and operations staff worked hard to build interoperability into our systems and tools to optimize performance, speed, and agility, but it was a challenge,” says Daniel Roach-Rooke, IT Infrastructure Manager at Aston Martin. “The ‘consumerization’ of IT; cloud and hybrid computing complete with shifting networks; and the increasing mobility of our employees and their devices make it even more imperative that we have proper tools to manage and control the Aston Martin environment.”

    To improve efficiency and simplify management of their mixed IT environment, Aston Martin chose the Windows Server 2012 operating system, which includes the latest version of Hyper-V virtualization technology, as well as Microsoft System Center 2012.