I was searching for this answer and couldn’t find it quickly, thus decided to create this post. I keep running into the nwtraders.msft hostnames because I’m using CentOS images in Vagrant.., to be precise; the london.nwtraders.msft hostname..
NWTraders is a fictional company, created by Microsoft to showcase Microsoft Access.
NWTraders stands for Northwind Traders.
MSFT is Microsoft’s stock ticker symbol on NASDAQ: http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/msft
The fictional company Nortwind Traders (nwtraders) imports and exports specialty foods from around the world. You can use and experiment with Access with Northwind database while you’re learning and develop ideas for Access.
This fully satisfied my curiosity for today!
For a lot more information about the NWTraders database you can visit this page: http://www.geeksengine.com/article/northwind.html
For more information about fictional companies used by Microsoft you can visit this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_Microsoft_companies