Microsoft today partnered with Cloud.com to provide "integration and support" for Windows Server 2008 R2's Hyper-V hypervisor with OpenStack project, an open source cloud computing platform. "As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will provide architectural and technical guidance to Cloud.com -- who in turn will develop the code to support OpenStack on WS2008 R2 Hyper-V. Once complete, the project code will be checked into public code repository," informed Microsoft.
OpenStack uses open source software on standard hardware. Simply put, the software can run on an individual server in an existing datacenter or run on hardware configured as a modular datacenter. It uses virtualization technology to create and manage large groups of virtual machines.
The addition of Microsoft's virtualization product puts customers in an excellent position to reach economies of scale to run Windows- and Linux-based infrastructure. WS2008 R2 Hyper-V can efficiently run multiple different operating systems in parallel.