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by Peter Galli on October 28, 2010 12:00pm
The Microsoft Interoperability Technical Strategy team today used the Professional Developers Conference 2010 (PDC 10) on campus in Redmond to announce a new set of tools based on Eclipse and updated client libraries for Windows Azure.
This means that customers can now choose to upload the Java environment of their choice and run it on Windows Azure, which is an an Open Platform that provides language choice such as C#, PHP or Java.
The Interop team announced:
In addition, Vijay Rajagopalan, the Principal Architect for Microsoft's Interoperability Strategy team, is also demoing a preview of the Windows Azure tools for Eclipse/Java, during his session: "Open in the cloud: Windows Azure and Java" today from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time. You can watch the session here.
He has also recorded an on-demand session, titled "Developing PHP Applications on the Windows Azure Platform," in which he demos the latest version of the Windows Azure and PHP tools and SDK.
"I'm excited about all that we announced today and look forward to updating you on lots of exciting things moving forward. Stay tuned as we will follow up shortly with more technical articles and tutorials detailing scenarios using Windows Azure with PHP and Java. As always, do give us your feedback here," Rajagopalan said in his Interoperability blog.
by Peter Galli on October 22, 2010 08:00am
Microsoft today announced a partnership with Cloud.com to provide support for our Windows Server Hyper-V virtualization stack to the OpenStack project, an open source cloud computing platform. In order to get more information on this partnership, I asked Ted MacLean, the general manager for Microsoft's Open Solutions Group, a few questions.
Peter: What is Microsoft announcing today around Openstack?
Ted: Today we announced an open source cloud collaboration that may surprise some people, but not our customers and partners who have relied on our interoperability solutions over the past few years. Today Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Cloud.com to provide integration and support of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to the OpenStack project, an open source cloud infrastructure platform. The Hyper-V addition provides enterprise customers running a mix of Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies greater flexibility when using OpenStack. Until today, OpenStack only supported several open source virtualization products.
Peter: Why did Microsoft decide to participate in Openstack?
Ted: We understand how customers today are multi-sourcing solutions within their IT infrastructure. Support for Windows Server Hyper-V on OpenStack reinforces Microsoft's commitment to delivering choice and flexibility to customers in the cloud. Giving customers the option to use Microsoft's enterprise-ready virtualization platform, Windows Server R2 Hyper-V, when they deploy OpenStack as their cloud solution is win for all. Microsoft is committed to meet the interoperability needs for our customers running mixed source environments on Windows Azure and on partner clouds. Now that OpenStack is open to Windows' Hyper-V, customers can realize the benefits of our enterprise-ready virtualization platform if they choose to deploy OpenStack as their cloud solution.
Peter: This project is a collaboration between Microsoft and Cloud.com. Tell me how that works.
Ted: As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will provide architectural and technical guidance to Cloud.com. In turn, Cloud.com will develop the code to support OpenStack on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. The Cloud.com team has been great to work with. Once completed, the project code will be checked into the public code repository here.
Peter: How does this participation fit into the growing list of Microsoft contributions to, and participation in, open source projects?
Ted: Microsoft's support for the OpenStack project underscores our commitment to providing customers with technologies that promotes interoperability and openness. The cloud is accelerating the need for us to interoperate with other vendor technologies and open source software. You can find more information on the various OSS projects that Microsoft is participating in here.
by Peter Galli on October 12, 2010 02:35pm
The Microsoft Interoperability Technical Strategy team is shipping a new Community Technology Preview of the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP, which gives PHP developers using Eclipse the tools they need to create and deploy web applications targeting Windows Azure.
This news follows on the announcement a few weeks ago of a series of new and updated tools/SDK for PHP developers targeting Windows Azure,which included the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse/PHP.
This CTP update refines the new features we announced in the upcoming version 2, which should be ready next month, and includes the ability for developers to do one-click deployment of PHP Applications from Eclipse directly to Windows Azure; to use Windows Azure Diagnostics; the integration of the Open Source AppFabric SDK for PHP Developers; support for Multiple Web Roles and Worker Roles; and support of Windows Azure Drive for PHP developers.
For more information, you can read the full post on the Interoperability Blog, and take a look at Brian Swan's comprehensive tutorial called Using the Windows Azure Tools For Eclipse with PHP, where he shows developers how to take advantage of Windows Azure using these tools.