OpenStack Is Now Open for Windows Server
REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft Corp. today announced it has partnered with Cloud.com to enable integration and support of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V for the project OpenStack, an open source cloud computing platform. The addition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V provides organizations and service providers that run a combination of Microsoft and non-Microsoft infrastructure with greater flexibility in using OpenStack.
As part of the partnership, Microsoft will provide technical and architectural guidance Cloud.com. Cloud.com in turn develop the code to support OpenStack in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. Once completed, the project code is checked in the code in the public repository http://openstack.org.
OpenStack uses the open source software on standard hardware. In short, the software can run on a single server in an existing data center or running in the hardware configured as a modular data center. It uses virtualization technology to create and manage large groups of virtual machines.
The addition of virtualization products from Microsoft puts customers in an excellent position to achieve economies of scale to run Windows and Linux-based infrastructure. Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V can efficiently run multiple operating systems in parallel.
“Support for Windows Server Hyper-V in OpenStack reinforces Microsoft’s commitment to offer choice and flexibility to customers in the cloud,” said Ted MacLean, general manager of Open Solutions Group at Microsoft. “Giving customers the option of using Microsoft enterprise-ready virtualization platform, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, when deployed as the solution OpenStack cloud is a victory for all.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Microsoft to the community OpenStack. His contributions to open cloud platform will expand opportunities for customers, suppliers and channel partners,” said Jim Curry, president of OpenStack and stacker Chief.
“As the demand for cloud computing continues to grow throughout the industry, there is an increasing demand from customers for the support of existing technologies such as Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2,” said Sheng Liang, CEO Cloud.com. “Microsoft’s support for the project OpenStack and” Cloud.com s CloudStack underlines its commitment to provide customers with technologies that promote interoperability and openness in the ecosystem of the cloud. ”
OpenStack started with code contributions from U.S. Rackspace Inc. and the platform of the NASA nebula cloud. Today OpenStack supported by 35 software and hardware providers around the IT sector.