Month: February 2009

Red Hat & Microsoft: Virtualizing Together

Posted by on February 19, 2009

Red Hat and Microsoft?? Working together??? Yes, you heard correctly. The two leading and competing providers of operating environments deployed by enterprises are coming together due to customer demand.

Red Hat announced recently that it has “signed reciprocal agreements with Microsoft Corporation to enable increased interoperability for the companies’ virtualization platforms”.

“Each company will join the other’s virtualization validation/certification program and will provide coordinated technical support for their mutual server virtualization customers. The reciprocal validations will allow customers to deploy heterogeneous, virtualized Red Hat and Microsoft solutions with confidence.”

“The key components of the reciprocal agreements are:

  • Red Hat will validate Windows Server guests to be supported on Red Hat Enterprise virtualization technologies.
  • Microsoft will validate Red Hat Enterprise Linux server guests to be supported on Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.
  • Once each company completes testing, customers with valid support agreements will receive coordinated technical support for running Windows Server operating system virtualized on Red Hat Enterprise virtualization, and for running Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualized on Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.”

More information can be found at

This just goes to show that Red Hat and Microsoft CAN work together under one roof, or at least one virtualized environment…….

Twestival: Tweeting For A Good Cause

Posted by on February 17, 2009

We’ve all seen social networking’s unrelenting growth over the past few years as it continues to gain popularity and user adoption by enabling users to connect with people all over the world. Just look at Facebook’s road to domination. But along with that growth also comes a change in the way it’s being used. More and more, people are starting to leverage the power of social networking, this time, for a good cause.

On February 12, 2009, the first ever Twestival brought together the Twitter community in 202 cities around the world. The cause? A fundraising and awareness raising event for charity:water, a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. For one evening, social networking became a real life presence as local Twitter communities gathered offline for this global event.

Twestival was born out of the idea that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact.

We all know that Twitter can be a powerful communications tool. It can connect, mobilize and inform people around the world instantly. Those of us on Twitter know of its ability to organically create interesting communities from those people who find and follow each other. It is proven from the first Twestival that bringing the Twittersphere together for a special event is not only a memorable night; it has momentum to bring about social change.”

The first ever Twestival demonstrated the powerful impact social networking can make. This 100% volunteer organized event raised over $40,000 to support charity:water projects. Not bad for a first-of-its-kind event. The magnitude of this event opens the gateway for future events where individuals can make a difference on a global scale.

New Project – Migration Assistance

Posted by on February 13, 2009

JBoss just announced the JBoss Migration Assistance program, of which we’re a founding partner. The primary goal of the project is to provide a collection of open source tools and resources that will enable enterprises to more easily migrate from closed source, proprietary application servers to open source JBoss platforms. We’re happy to bring our experience with application and portal migration to this new project.

As Matt Asay points out, this is a community effort that will combine Red Hat’s efforts with that of its most experienced JBoss system integrators, as no one tool or process can cover the gamut of app server/portal/content migration. This type of communtiy effort represents the essence of collaborative open source development.