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October 25, 2010

Microsoft partners with OpenStack to provide interoperability in cloud

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V integration to OpenStack project

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft has partnered with Cloud.com to provide integration and support of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to the OpenStack project, which is an open source cloud computing platform.

The company said that the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V provides organisations and service providers running a mix of Microsoft and non-Microsoft infrastructure with flexibility when using OpenStack.

Under the partnership, Microsoft will provide architectural and technical guidance to Cloud.com, while Cloud.com will develop the code to support OpenStack on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

Microsoft said that the OpenStack uses open source software on standard hardware, which allows the software to run on an individual server in an existing datacentre or run on hardware configured as a modular datacentre.

In addition, OpenStack also uses virtualisation technology to create and manage large groups of virtual machines.

Cloud.com CEO Sheng Liang said as the demand for cloud computing continues to grow throughout the industry, there is an increased demand from customers for support of their existing technologies, such as Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

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"Microsoft’s support for both the OpenStack project and Cloud.com’s CloudStack underscores its commitment to providing customers with technologies that promote interoperability and openness in the cloud ecosystem," Liang said.

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