Sun, Microsoft Combine for Interop Center

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-03-10 Print this article Print

Rival companies find common ground to fine-tune their own technologies to work together in virtualized environments.

Nobody would have believed this as little as two years ago, but Sun Microsystems and former bitter rival Microsoft March 10 announced that they have opened an "interoperability center" on Microsoft's campus for optimizing Windows applications to run on the Sun Fire x64 server storage machines.

In addition, Sun said that it now has made available its own "infrastructure solutions" to run on the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, v2007.

"We announced that we would do this as part of our last announcement with Microsoft back in September [2007]," Sun spokesperson Jackie DeCoster, a member of the interop team, told eWEEK. "This is the delivery on that 'promise.' "

The Sun/Microsoft Interoperability Center will be available on a scheduled basis for Sun and Microsoft corporate customers to use as a testbed for running Microsoft data center applications on Sun's x64 servers and to work on tighter integration between the technologies.

One of the key objectives of the new center is to enable full virtualization capabilities of both Windows and Java as they work together-especially in data center management, a Microsoft spokesperson said.

The center also will collaborate with authorized Sun Solution Centers to support customers in running their own proof-of-concept testing.

Customers can minimize their risk and shorten time to deployment by simulating their own environment, with access to top architects from both Sun and Microsoft, a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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