Microsoft has sponsored research at the University of Michigan to develop an open source Network File System client for Windows.
Michigan's Center for Information Technology Integration also developed the open source Linux-based reference implementation of NFSv4 that is currently included in all Linux distributions, Microsoft said.
The new solution will allow Windows to interoperate with NFS, the emerging Internet storage protocol for file sharing. NFS is a standard protocol for sharing files across networked PCs and storage servers on Unix and Linux systems.
Here's what Peter Galli's Port 25 blog has to say:
Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business and a University of Michigan alumnus, [said] NFSv4.1 is an important standard for accessing parallel file systems in the high-performance computing market, where access to vast amounts of data is critical in areas like scientific or technical computing systems.
"Ultimately, CITI's work will help change the way customers can combine their systems by enabling computers running Windows to directly and easily access NFS file shares on servers running Linux, Solaris, and AIX operating systems."