Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Microsoft Uses Open Source To Extend Systems Management To Linux

Cross Platform Extensions will be included for free in the next service pack of System Center Operations Manager 2007, and Microsoft anticipates extending cross-platform support to other System Center products, including System Center Configuration Manager. The upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, a beta of which was released Tuesday (final release is slated for this summer), will manage VMware ESX Server as well as Microsoft virtualization products, and the next version will also manage Citrix virtualization.
Why is Microsoft using an open source project to manage Linux rather than developing most of the code itself? All-in-all, it's as much a business decision as anything else.

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