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Microsoft Partners with Cloud.com on OpenStack
As many of you already know, we have been working closely with the OpenStack team and their efforts to rid the cloud ecosystem of lock-in and proprietary systems. Yesterday was an enormous milestone with the release of "Austin" and we are...
As many of you already know, we have been working closely with the OpenStack team and their efforts to rid the cloud ecosystem of lock-in and proprietary systems. Yesterday was an enormous milestone with the release of "Austin" and we are looking forward to heading down to the design summit early next month. On the heels of that huge milestone, we've hit another major event in the project today when Microsoft announced that it was bringing Hyper-V to the OpenStack project. Cloud.com and Anso Labs, the guys behind Nasa's Cloud, have been working closely together over the past couple of months to help Microsoft bring their technology to the project and we are excited at what this means for the project, community and our customers.
Simon Crosby of Citrix said it well in his blog, "across the board, service providers and enterprises alike have told us that they are not enthusiastic about a monolithic, single vendor cloud stack that by definition makes all clouds identical." While OpenStack already has existing support for Citrix XenServer and KVM, the addition of Microsoft brings another level of enterprise class technologies to the platform and fills a critical gap in the core technology set that customers have been asking for. Similarly, the addition of Hyper-V, plus the extension of System Center and its ability to interoperate with other leading hypervisors, brings the momentum of OpenStack to the Microsoft customers. Given the background and success of Rackspace, OpenStack and Cloud.com, I also believe that this will bring new opportunities for Microsoft in the service provider space where we haven't seen much presence from Hyper-V to date.
Being selfish and putting a Cloud.com slant to the news, we now have an answer for many of our customers. Since the launch of Cloud.com in May, we have been approached by large service providers and webscale enterprises that were interested in seeing a version of CloudStack that was integrated with Microsoft's Datacenter Virtualization technologies. This new announcement enables us to head down the path of delivering an integrated offering with Microsoft that addresses the needs of these customers. Looking forward, Cloud.com will be working with Microsoft to deliver a reference implementation of the Microsoft Dynamic Datacenter platform based on our CloudStack product.
We're excited to be working with Microsoft, Rackspace, Nasa and the whole OpenStack community on building an open cloud architecture, with support for multiple hypervisors, that enables our customers to build a cloud in their own vision vs. one that is dictated to them.