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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-02-12 Print this article Print

: Microsofts Next Move: A Virtual Datacenter "> Microsoft also believes it has built the richest identity store with Active Directory, and has upped the bar with Windows Server 2003, not just for customers but for developers as well. "We support LDAP in Active Directory and are delivering a meta directory so identity objects and data can be moved back and forth between those identity stores," he said. But there are also things Microsoft can learn from the community model around open source, he admitted. "The transparency of the development model, the tools they have to debug using source, these are things we need to learn.
"We need to relearn in our development process how to participate with the broader community. I dont know what the right model is for each group, but we need to be out there interacting far more," Veghte said.
Microsoft also recognized that it needs to be more transparent in its development process. "We need to do a better job of supporting our Most Valued Professional (MVP) partners . "We also need to use source as a tool. Customers want to use it as an insurance policy and for debugging purposes. We are supplying tools and interfaces around this, and will be doing more going forward. Our ambition is to combine the best of the commercial software model with the best of the community," he said. Steering pretty much clear of the controversy surrounding the potential threat to its business from Linux, Veghte simply cited the recent Microsoft-sponsored IDC study, which showed that Windows offers a better total cost of ownership proposition than Linux. Microsoft is also aware that information technology has to be a strategic asset to companies and not a cost center, which means that cutting costs is not enough—there has to be business value as well, Veghte told the audience. Server software has to offer a business advantage, where the company can connect with its customers, integrate with partners, and empower employees. It also has to offer a safer investment by reducing expensive downtime, leveraging existing assets and planning for the future. Server software also has to offer greater choice, greater accountability and lower costs, creating more value for customers money, he said. The Windows Server platform delivers business advantage on the basis of an integrated platform model; safer investment comes from the best of community and commercial development models; and more value is delivered by providing a thriving global ecosystem, he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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