Declaiming from my keyboard. Microsoft Giant stepping into Networking Hardware O/S:
Google Now in the present date delivers the following headline to a particular Android mobile device (mine).
“Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux (Wow. Just Wow)” by Simon Sharwood at The Register – Biting the hand that feeds IT.
Straight from the horse’s mouth, Microsoft’s PR on Azure Cloud Switch [Last paragraph of the PR]:
“We’re talking about ACS publicly as we believe this approach of disaggregating the switch software from the switch hardware will continue to be a growing trend in the networking industry and we would like to contribute our insights and experiences of this journey starting here.”
– KAMALA SUBRAMANIAM
Principal Architect, Azure Networking
Account Planners and Strategic Management may remember from early in Windows’ history Bill Gates viewed Windows as Microsoft’s future:
Gates told InfoWorld in April 1984 that “Our strategies and energies as a company are totally committed to Windows, in the same way that we’re committed to operating-system kernels like MS-DOS and Xenix. We’re also saying that only applications that take advantage of Windows will be competitive in the long run.”
In the same year, Compaq’s vice-president of sales and service, H.L. Sparks when asked by senior writer Marguerite Zientara “The idea of bundling application software with hardware is something that seems to come and go. Are you considering that in the future?”,
Sparks answered: “The software should stand on its merits and be supported and so should the hardware. Why should you be constrained to use the software that comes with a piece of hardware? I think it can tend to inhibit sales over the long run.”
Microsoft’s foot planted in the white-collar environment afforded a productivity beast through products like Windows 1.0 OS, Windows Server OS and the Office Suite.
[See a combination of statistics on the use of hardware coupled with Internet protocols and operating systems by Enterprises].
In essence, Microsoft say hellow to Comcast. Both have investment of underground communications that power the web.
GNU/Linux cultivates innovation in an incubator for Microsoft and others
Read What’s in a Name? by Richard Stallman at GNU.org
By category, GNU/Linux currently has good amount of share in: Mobile and Wearable Tech, Server (web) and Supercomputers.
Practical wares rooted in Linux’s nest:
Collaborative programming like Git Software
and Microsoft Azure Cloud Switch.
Worth noting according to the Linux Foundation -> The following surveyed organizations use GNU/Linux on the backend of business: Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, NTT, Deutsche Bank, DreamWorks, ADP, Bank of New York, NYSE, NASDAQ, Goodrich, MetLife, and AIG.
“Microsoft and GNU/Linux” Today
Headlines as of September 2015
How Microsoft could finally kill Linux by Jim Lynch
Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux by Simon Sharwood
Replacing Server 2003 with Linux alternatives by Orin Thomas
Microsoft Rolls Out Linux Support Services on Azure by Pedro Hernandez
Microsoft lifts the lid on Linux-based Azure Cloud Switch platform by Daniel Robinson
Read this twice: Microsoft is working on a Linux-based OS by Marco D’Souza
Freedom From Microsoft by Thomas Twinnings
Microsoft adds limited support for Linux on Azure cloud by Mike Wheatley
Microsoft Reveals Linux-Based Azure Cloud Switch Modular Operating System by Marius Nestor
Headlines as of January 2015
Will 2015 be the year of the Microsoft/Linux love fest? by Jack Wallen
Headlines as of October 2014
Why Microsoft loves Linux by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better by Peter Bright
Headlines as of July 2013
Microsoft Outlines Windows Server 2012 R2 Support for Linux by Kurt Mackie
Headlines as of July 2011
Is Microsoft Linux’s New BFF? by Katherine Noyes
Headlines as of April 2011
Bashing Microsoft ‘like kicking a puppy,’ says Linux Foundation chief by Jon Brodkin
Microsoft states “By deviating from the traditional enterprise interactive model of command line interfaces, it allows for switches to be managed just as servers are with weekly software rollouts and roll backs thus ensuring a mature configuration and deployment model.”
I cannot imagine a switch requiring patches and regular updates as presently demonstrated in Windows 7/8/8.1/10. CLI can be fun and GUIs as well.
Furthermore, consider decentralized community that deals RFCs. (These have been investments over long periods of time for “The Best Things in Life are Free“).
Microsoft ACS alongside other technologies
-. What is Microsoft? See their assets Hint: Database, Gaming, Email, Phone Calls (Skype) and more.
-. See Cisco IOS (Proprietary software on Cisco Routers/Switches)
-. Network technicians learn open source network technologies for generating personal income.
-. Windows Server offers the installation option Server Core (near total CLI interface)
-. Considering Azure Cloud Switch, what will happen to Microsoft IIS Web Server Software?
-. Apache/Microsoft Market Share. See the numbers.
-. Digital Ocean Web Host provides GNU/Linux options as Linux Distros.
-. Microsoft provides GNU/Linux based O/S
-. During creation of Server (web), routers/switches limitations are considered (Note the GNU licenses and OS support) See here
Please note this article does not take into consideration “Datacenters” and other important aspects of Networking Hardware / Software. I will be updating this article with more relevant historical examples of proprietary vs. open source protocols.