OpenStack on Microsoft Windows

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Article from Issue 156/2013

An Italian company is making sure Microsoft doesn't sleep through the hype concerning OpenStack. Learn about the recent work on integrating OpenStack with Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor.

Through the years, the relationship between Microsoft and Linux has been full of misunderstanding, FUD, and emotions. Twelve years ago, CEO Steve Ballmer called Linux a cancer [1], but some time ago, Microsoft moved away from its strategy of confrontation, vociferously proclaiming a policy of "interoperability," and even making contributions to the Linux kernel.

Microsoft plays a considerable role in many open source development projects and no longer firewalls its products against open source software. This change has not been voluntary; the more flexible Linux often dominates the data center in the cloud age, and Microsoft knows it needs to catch up.

Widespread prejudice, questions about the capabilities of Windows in modern cloud environments, a belief that Windows administration and licensing are too complicated – all these factors have led to a comparatively poorly showing for Windows in Linux-dominated clouds. At the same time, anyone who has ever managed a migration will be aware: in many cases, you cannot completely do without Windows.


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