Open in the Cloud: Windows Azure Update

Posted by Colette StallbaumerDirector, Worldwide Marketing and Operations This week’s Windows Azure update highlighted Microsoft’s commitment to interoperability and an enhanced developer experience on its cloud platform.  Josette Rigsby at CMSWire dubbed this “a friendlier, more open Azure,” noting the long list of updates that improve support for open source development on Azure.  Here are the…

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Microsoft and AgreeYa Mobility: Working Together to Address Demands of IT Consumerization

Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group As part of the ongoing dialogue we have with our enterprise IT customers at Microsoft, we’re hearing more and more about the interoperability demands stemming from the consumerization of IT. This rising trend isn’t just about employees using the latest consumer gadgets to do their work, but using…

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Keeping it Real in a Virtual World: Interop Collaboration Continues in the Cloud

Posted by Frank Rego Senior Product Manager for SUSE and Fabio Cavalcanti da Cunha, Technical Product Manager at Microsoft In November 2006, Microsoft and Novell signed an interoperability agreement and an innovative laboratory concept was created — a place where architects and developers from both companies could now share experiences, as well as source code, while…

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Microsoft supports the creation of OpenNebula clouds on Windows Server Hyper-V

Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group Today I would like to share some encouraging news about work we have underway with OpenNebula to support continued innovation and interoperability in the cloud – Windows Server Hyper-V is now an officially supported hypervisor for OpenNebula. The open source project is working on a prototype for…

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Mixed Source Collaboration with Leading Chinese Linux Company Fuels Cloud Innovation

Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group  A common truth in this industry is that emerging markets often leapfrog mature ones when it comes to adopting new business models and technologies. One example that illustrates this well is cloud computing in China. Cloud-based infrastructure is budding across cities and provinces throughout China to support the country’s…

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Microsoft – SUSE 2.0

Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group I’m happy to share news today that Microsoft has formally extended the strategic Windows-Linux interoperability collaboration we previously had with Novell to SUSE. I personally am excited by the prospect of  SUSE’s newfound agility and focus as an independent business unit of The Attachmate Group, and the…

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Standards 101: Understanding the importance of open standards

Posted by Gregg BrownSenior Director, Interoperability Group I’m Gregg Brown, and I work with Craig Shank and Steve Mutkoski in the Interoperability Group at Microsoft. As my colleagues pointed out, collaboration, competition and consumer trust are important to effective standards, and transparency and a commitment to technical excellence are earmarks of a process that will…

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Supercomputing, Fraunhofer SCAI and Openness

Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group This past week I had the pleasure of participating in the International Supercomputing (ISC) 2011 event in Hamburg, Germany. This event has always been a great venue for hearing the latest trends in high performance computing (HPC) and the overall IT industry. This year was no exception with…

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Expanding Interoperability to Community Linux

Posted by Sandy GuptaGeneral Manager of Marketing, Open Solutions Group As I mentioned in my blog last month, I’ve been on the road quite a bit this year to meet Hosters and Service Providers around the World. Much of my time has been spent understanding their needs, and discussing how we can work together on mixed…

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Standards 101: Openness and choice are crucial

Posted by Steve MutkoskiSenior Standards Strategist As Craig Shank mentioned in a post last week, standards are an important part of a dynamic ICT marketplace, fostering interoperability, collaboration, competition and consumer trust. I’d like to follow up on that post, highlighting the fact that the enablers of a dynamic ICT marketplace are openness and choice. …