Microsoft Win Server to get pushed off OpenStack Linux cloud?
Hyper-V support a 'useless feature'
Windows servers could face problems running clouds built on OpenStack if the Linux-for-the-cloud project follows the suggestion of one lead developer.
Code for Microsoft's Hyper-V should be removed from the up-coming Essex release of OpenStack because it's essentially been forgotten about, according to OpenStack release manager Thierry Carrez.
According to Carrez, the Hyper-V support in Essex is both broken and unmaintained - in other words, nobody's bothered to look after it.
"Just as Nova enters feature freeze, it sounds like a good moment to consider removing deprecated, known-buggy-and-unmaintained or useless feature code from the Essex tree," Carrez wrote.
Nova is the compute leg of OpenStack; there are two more legs, for storage and networking.
Microsoft announced in October 2010 a partnership with OpenStack start-up Cloud.com, working on helping companies spin up Amazon-style infrastructure-as-a-cloud, to integrate Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V with the OpenStack project.
Redmond promised it would give Cloud.com architectural and technical guidance with Cloud.com developing the code to support OpenStack on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.
"The addition of Microsoft's virtualization product puts customers in an excellent position to reach economies of scale to run Windows- and Linux-based infrastructure," Microsoft boasted .
Cloud.com, though, was swallowed by OpenStacker Citrix Systems last year and its people put to work building and delivering Citrix's CloudStack. Microsoft, it seems, has not picked up the slack; Redmond has a track record of working through intermediaries on open-source projects rather than getting directly involved and OpenStack on HyperV looks like a casualty of this policy.
The suggestion of a single project member doesn't mandate or pre-determine policy and judging by the thread there's been little response to Carrez so far; it may well be the Hyper-V code stays dormant in Essex or is removed and re-inserted at a later date.
Either way, Microsoft should perhaps become engaged or risk losing business for Windows Server to other operating systems that have been turned to fluff workloads on OpenStack clouds. ®