William Does Linux on Azure!Posted: February 4, 2015
You see, it’s like this. As it turns out, a lot of people want to run code against a Linux kernel in the cloud. Even though Windows might be a fine OS for cloud computing, the truth is, many customers are simply Linux savvy. So, if we want to make those customers happy, then Linux needs to become a first class citizen in the Azure ecosystem.
Being a person to jump on technological and business related grenades, I thought I would join the effort within Microsoft to make Linux a fun place to be on Azure. What does that mean? Well, you can already get a Linux VM on Azure pretty easily, just like with everyone else. But what added value is there coming from Microsoft so this isn’t just a simple commodity play? Microsoft does in fact have a rich set of cloud assets, and not all of them are best accessed from a Linux environment. This might mean anything from providing better access to Azure Active Directory, to creating new applications and frameworks altogether.
One thing is for sure. As the Windows OS heads for the likes of the Raspberry Pi, and Linux heads for Azure, the world of computing is continuing to be a very interesting place.