Microsoft demonstrates interopability with Xandros, OpenView, Tivoli

Microsoft taps former enemies to massive build systems management interopability lab

From the "you've come a long way baby" department, Microsoft today released information on an interoperability lab in which Microsoft wares were working with just about every product that the company had, in years gone by, wanted to destroy. Moreover, the lab was created by pressure by NATO, an organization that, about a year ago, standardized on Microsoft's arch rival, the Open Document Format.

Microsoft was responding to complaints from some of its large users about how difficult it was to manage multiple large, multi vendor networks from a single point of access. These complainers were representatives from NATO who were part of Microsoft's Interoperability Executive Customer Council, a group comprised of CIOs and CTOs from Microsoft’s largest commercial and public sector customers, according to a blog post by Claudio Caldato, senior program manager for the company's Interoperability Technical Strategy team.

The group decided to build a system using the most popular technology that would aggregate status information and alerts to other management applications. The lab was comprised of

Using Xandros Bridgeways, System Center OpsMgr operations management pack for Unix Linux, connector for HP OpenView, and a connector for IBM Tivoli, the group created the single-point of access system as promised, on a Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, of course. The white paper that documents the architecture can be found here.

Multivendor management

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