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
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
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.”