Mythbusting: The Truth About Microsoft And Interoperability

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Mythbusting: The Truth About Microsoft And Interoperability


If you think that Microsoft’s products don’t play nice with others, it’s time for a fresh look at the facts. Here are five myths about Microsoft and interoperability, and the truth behind the rumours.

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MYTH: Microsoft wants you to use nothing but Microsoft products

REALITY: Microsoft is a competitive player in a heterogeneous world

“We believe our solutions are competitive and it makes sense to use them together, but the ultimate choice is for the customer to make, and it’s our role to support whatever platforms and tools they need for their business,” Evans says.


MYTH: Microsoft doesn’t support open source

REALITY: Microsoft is a strong supporter of open source
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MYTH: It’s difficult to interoperate with Microsoft products

REALITY: Interoperability is a core design consideration

One of the key elements driving interoperability is the ability to script virtually every element of Windows Server 2012 via PowerShell. “Off the mark, everything is PowerShell-enabled, and there’s an Open API for everything,” explains Datacentre Technical Specialist Reid Purvis. “Everything is addressable, and those APIs aren’t limited by arbitrary rules You can build on top of it.”

In the same way, the Hyper-V Extensible Switch makes it easy to interoperate with a wide range of networking equipment and manage from a single platform.


MYTH: Microsoft doesn’t back open standards

REALITY: Microsoft is a key open standards player

MYTH: Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform ties you to Windows products and Microsoft standards

REALITY: Azure is an open platform

One of the benefits of System Center 2012 is the ability to manage multiple platforms. “All the capabilities offered with System Center reach out to the cloud as well,” Heckmmain said. “It’s all about that interoperability from a customer perspective. Our licensing approach on this is very flexible as well. It opens up a lot of opportunity for customers, services partners and ISVs. We’re not living in a world where things are going to be fixed.”

Comments

    • What? you mean to say that a program version from 1997 isnt compatible with the numerous features and changes that are made over the course of more than a decade?

      /sarc

      go download a very early version of an open source word processor and try to open a file created in the most recent version that uses the various features added between versions. If it even opens, you will either just lose any special formatting for features that didn’t exist in the early version, or if unlucky, a whole lot of garbled data.

      The incompatibility is basically a form of idiot proofing,

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