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Posted by Heriyadi JanwarMicrosoft Indonesia, Product Marketing Manager
The combination of high cell-phone usage and low desktop internet penetration in Indonesia is fostering a vibrant market for mobile applications. In 2013, software-development company Sangkuriang Internasional targeted this opportunity in mobile banking, creating EMASS (Encrypted Messaging and Secured Services), a secure instant messaging service that allows financial institutions to make payments via cell phones.
To launch EMASS as a service, Sangkuriang needed a cost-effective way to host the EMASS backend systems for each mobile app.
“We are a software-development company, not a service provider. We wanted a partner to host EMASS for us, but their service had to be reliable, easy to work with and affordable,” said Oka Sugandi, Director of Sangkuriang Internasional. “For financial institutions to trust us, it also had to be 100 percent secure.”
Sangkuriang also needed to select a cloud service that worked well with the wide range of EMASS technologies, including Linux for core server messaging, and support multiple device platforms, including Windows, iOS, Blackberry, and Android.
Posted by Abhishek GuptaProgram Manager, Microsoft Open Source Technology Center
Last week, Microsoft released Linux Integration Services (LIS) version 3.5, another significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to provide great support for open source software on Microsoft virtualization platforms.
LIS 3.5 expands Linux distribution support to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.5 and 5.6, which are older releases that many Linux users are still running. It also adds much coveted features such as dynamic memory and live virtual machine backup to older Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS releases.
Posted by Jose Miguel Parrella Microsoft Interoperability Strategy
The gift-giving started early this week for developers looking to add Windows Azure Active Directory’s enterprise-level identity features to their applications and services, as MS Open Tech released alpha versions of new iOS and Android open source libraries.
Now developers can authenticate users of cloud and on-premises Android applications through Microsoft services such as Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, or through non-Microsoft services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google. These libraries are alpha versions, intended for testing these scenarios and providing feedback.
Posted by Anandeep PannuSenior Program Manager – Open Source Technical Center
Today, Microsoft and partners NetApp and Citrix are excited to announce the availability of FreeBSD support for Windows Server Hyper-V. This collaboration, announced at BSDCAN 2012, will help more customers adopt virtualization and move toward cloud computing. Microsoft is committed to supporting multiple platforms with its server virtualization solution so that more organizations can take advantage of server consolidation cost-savings and build foundations for private, public and hybrid cloud computing. It was invaluable to partner with NetApp and Citrix, who both have impressive expertise in how to enable FreeBSD to run on Hyper-V with high performance. This release includes 8,500 lines of code submitted under the BSD license, supporting FreeBSD 8.2 on Windows Server 2008 R2. We will continue to work with the community to support other releases of FreeBSD as well. Analysis is currently underway to assess customer demand and partner capacity to extend support to FreeBSD 9.0 on Windows Server 2012. The source code can be found on Github here, as well as instructions for building from source and running the drivers can be found here. On behalf of the FreeBSD on Hyper-V team, we welcome your feedback through the mailing list to continue improving the code for future submission to the FreeBSD core.
Check back on the blog tomorrow when we’ll have an interview with Citrix’s Thomas Goodwin, who led his team’s development efforts. Tom will share his thoughts on how the project came together, as well as how it will support FreeBSD and Microsoft customers and partners.
Posted by Alfonso CastroDirector of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft Open Solutions Group
Today is a step forward in the collaboration we started more than six years ago with SUSE. As part of Microsoft’s sponsorship of the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco, I am thrilled to announce that SUSE and Microsoft will extend their existing work in connecting Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V with SUSE Cloud.
With more than 1,000 customers benefitting from our joint efforts, Microsoft and SUSE are helping enterprises move forward by providing choice and delivering significant value to our mutual customers. For several years now, Microsoft and SUSE have worked side-by-side to deliver unified solutions, integrated tools, and first-class support for mixed Windows and Linux environments, supporting interoperability from the datacenter to the cloud.