Microsoft has recently been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU GPL (General Public License) and its own commercial software. Can Windows and open source learn to play nice? Click here to read more.The decision to make the VHD format available under the OSP was welcomed by other players in the virtualization industry, including Virtual Iron Software, a company that chief marketing officer Mike Grandinetti says is committed to enabling the benefits of dynamic infrastructure and policy-based management, regardless of which virtualization technology a customer selects. "By adopting Microsofts VHD format, Virtual Iron is leveraging a rapidly emerging industry standard. Our Virtual Infrastructure Management Platform, which supports advanced capabilities like the transparent migration of virtual servers between physical servers with zero downtime, will provide users with the ability to manage virtual machines in the VHD format," he said. Jens-Peter Seick, a vice president at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, said that "VHD will certainly set an important new standard in the area of server virtualization." The VHD file format has been adopted by more than 60 vendors, including Brocade Communications Systems, BMC Software, Diskeeper and Network Appliance, Robertson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Over the past four months Microsoft had announced a number of key interoperability activities focused on business and technical activities, including the establishment of an Interoperability Customer Executive Council, the Open XML Translator Project, and the strategic relationship with XenSource for the development of technology to provide interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and Windows Server virtualization.