Last week Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) did take place in San Francisco. Microsoft announced that, with immediate effect, it will support Windows Server2008 R2 Hyper-V running CentOS, a popular Linux distribution for hosters. This was the number one requirement for interoperability that we heard from that community.
“This development enables our hosting partners to consolidate their mixed Windows and Linux infrastructure; reducing cost and complexity, while betting on an enterprise class virtualization platform.” Sandy Gupta, General Manager in Microsoft’s Open Solutions Group, said in a blog post.
Gupta did also deliver a keynote address at the opening day of the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC). During the keynote he, along with his colleague Fabio Cunha, did demonstrate the cross-platform architecture of Microsoft’s Private Cloud. During the demo it was shown, how to transform a heterogeneous IT infrastructure into an automated mixed source cloud infrastructure. The second part of the demo was, how customers can use a single pane of glass to deploy patches and updates across Windows and Linux Servers.
This is just another example of how Microsoft continues to work on becoming more open in how we develop solutions, work with the open source communities; and how we’re making mixed source solutions a reality for businesses as they transition to the Cloud.