Microsoft has jumped on to the open source bandwagon by announcing the integration and support for its Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V with the OpenStack project.
The deal, made with open source cloud services provider Cloud.com, will let Microsoft offer architectural and technical guidance to the website, which will develop the code for supporting OpenStack on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.
The OpenStack project offers services that run open source software on standard hardware, that lets software on to run individual servers or a modular datacentre.
The service also provides the technology which allows users to create and handle a large group of virtual machines within an organisation.
Currently the OpenStack project offers support for Xen, KVM, Citrix XenServer and QEMU hypervisor and the addition of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation tool will allow more room for interoperability.
The project aims at offering solutions that trump vendor lock-in issues in cloud computing by making the platform compatible with several hypervisors.