June 10, 2012, 7:19 AM — Microsoft is attempting to reintegrate support for Hyper-V back into OpenStack, months after the open source cloud-building project dropped support for the hypervisor in its latest release.
Microsoft has hired a full-time employee to cultivate a community to work on reintegrating and supporting Hyper-V in OpenStack. The hypervisor was initially supported in the project but was removed from it in the April release of the software, OpenStack officials said at the time, because of a lack of demand.
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The tech giant has not been secret about its intentions to support Hyper-V integration in OpenStack. Soon after Hyper-V was dropped by OpenStack, Microsoft Open Solutions group general manager Sandy Gupta wrote a blog post indicating that the company would be working to reintegrate support for Hyper-V back into OpenStack. Soon afterward, Microsoft hired Peter Pouliot, a former worker in Novell's Microsoft Integration Laboratory, who is now working full time drumming up support for Hyper-V integration back into OpenStack. His plan is to be ready in time to include Hyper-V support in OpenStack's next software release, named Folsom, scheduled for this fall, and then continue to develop the support and bring it to parity with other hypervisors, including KVM, Xen and VMware's.