By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-10-17 Print this article Print

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.
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.
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.

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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