Openness@Microsoft

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

April, 2014

  • Linux Integration with System Center 2012 R2

    Posted by Openness Team

    Next up in our series of blog posts this week that showcase Linux support, the below video provides an inside scoop on Linux integration with System Center 2012 R2 for unified management across on-premises and Microsoft Azure cloud environments.

    In this Channel 9 interview, Michael Kelley from Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center highlights the Linux distributions supported and how to create and manage Linux virtual machines, including demos.

    Any other Linux topics you’d like us to blog about this week? Let us know in the comments. 

  • Test Drive Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V

    Posted by Openness Team

    Want more information on Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V after reading the In the Cloud blog yesterday? Well, you can hear directly from Abhishek Gupta, a program manager in Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center, who works on the Linux Integration Services project.

    In the below Channel 9 interview, Abhishek chats with The Edge Show’s RicksterCDN about the LIS 3.5 release functionality and availability for various Linux distributions, as well as previews the new Generation 2 virtual machine capabilities for Linux guests.

    Any other Linux topics you’d like us to blog about this week? Let us know in the comments.

  • Importance of Linux 'In the Cloud'

    Posted by Openness Team

    Microsoft CVP Brad Anderson just did a post on his In the Cloud blog highlighting a recent Linux Pro Magazine article about Linux Integration Services (LIS) and Microsoft’s support for Linux IT professionals.

    In Anderson’s words, "this article from Linux Pro underscores just how hugely important LIS is to Microsoft. No one here in Redmond is ignorant of the fact that the enterprise world is heterogeneous – but that doesn’t mean you want to run two completely different hypervisor infrastructures, or even two different private clouds.”

    Read the full post here and you can follow Brad on Twitter @InTheCloudMSFT.   You can also learn more about LIS in our coverage of the LIS 3.5 release and the Open Door Policy interview with Microsoft’s K.Y. Srinivasan.

    Check back on the blog every day this week, when we’ll highlight various ways Microsoft’s cloud platform supports Linux fans.

  • Spotlight on Microsoft Research: Get to Know the Earth with FetchClimate

    Posted by Openness Team

    This week more one billion people in 192 countries are taking action to advocate for the planet -- cleaning up cities, planting trees, educating communities, and much more. Yesterday, the Official Microsoft Blog celebrated these global environmental sustainability efforts, including projects underway across Microsoft to use technology to address environmental challenges and attain a clean energy future.

     One noteworthy project, FetchClimate, is helping scientists and non-scientists alike better understand the world around them.

    FetchClimate makes locating environmental information as easy as searching for a hotel or coffee shop online. Just draw a box around the geographic area you’re interested in, select the environmental information you want, and view the data on Bing Maps within seconds.

    What used to take researchers hours, days, or even weeks can now be done at the speed of thought – by anyone. FetchClimate runs in the Microsoft Azure cloud, meaning there is no physical limit on how much information can be added. You can view historical environmental data, as well as look into the future, including forecast data from the latest climate simulation experiments.

  • Open Door Policy: Brady Gaster on Coding like a Vampire and Making the Microsoft Cloud Open

    Posted by Tara Grumm
    Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations

     Brady Gaster (@bradygaster) is a Microsoft Azure Program Manager and the former host of Channel 9’s Web Camps TV, who focuses on building tools that make it easier for web developers to benefit from the cloud. His recent interests involve connecting devices like the Kinect, Netduino, and robotics platforms to Microsoft Azure, as well as finding creative ways to use SignalR, the groundbreaking open source persistent HTTP abstraction. Brady took a break from all things .NET, ASP.NET, Web API, SignalR, Kinect, microcontrollers, C#, and Java to chat with us on his work to ensure Microsoft’s cloud platform is open.

    What’s your favorite technology innovation?

    This is a great question, and the answer is part of the reason I’m at Microsoft.

    SignalR, a library for ASP.NET developers, makes it incredibly simple to add real-time web functionality to your applications and is one of my favorite technologies created in the last five years. It has an interesting history, and I feel fortunate to have witnessed its creation and maturing.

    Two guys at Microsoft were on separate teams, but both were excited about the possibility for real-time web functionality for applications. They started meeting in their free time discussing the potential and eventually created SignalR. In the beginning it was just a pet project, but over the course of a year, it became the most popular .NET project on GitHub. From its inception, SignalR was an open source project.