The VM Role, Support for Linux Are Huge Changes for Microsoft Azure

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-06-07 Print this article Print

Andrew Brust, CEO of Microsoft analyst and advisory firm Blue Badge Insights, based in New York City, said, €œThe Linux thing is a long time in coming. When Microsoft went in on the Attachmate-Novell deal in 2010, and did it for IP ownership, I thought one big reason was getting Linux to work really well on Hyper-V and Azure. Now that€™s here. In general, tech heterogeneity is a reality, and a reality that Azure needs to accommodate. Supporting multiple OSes, languages, IDEs [integrated development environments], database models [i.e. relational and NoSQL], source-code control systems and dev clients [including the Mac] just makes sense.€

Meanwhile, Al Gillen, an analyst with IDC, said he saw Windows Azure as a PaaS from the beginning. However, €œthe first release overshot the mark. Not everybody was ready for it or willing to have to re-architect their apps. So Microsoft had to circle back around and flesh out their offering.€

€œAs enterprise adoption of Windows Azure and cloud computing grows, the importance of coming together to solve interoperability issues is only growing. We at Microsoft want to work with the ecosystem of vendors and communities to deliver cloud solutions to customers based on their specific needs and scenarios,€ said Sandy Gupta, general manager of the Open Solutions Group at Microsoft.

Microsoft has been hard at work at the €œfleshing€ part, working with partners to get there. For instance, RightScale has been working together with Microsoft toward this release of Azure that supports IaaS, and is offering a private beta of RightScale support for Microsoft's "technical preview" of Azure, Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale, told eWEEK. RightScale will be joining Microsoft at their Meet Windows Azure event in San Francisco on June 7.

€œIn our view, this is really great news, and more evidence that cloud infrastructure now dominates as the architecture for 'the new IT,€™€ Crandell said. €œMicrosoft knows how to run cloud-scale global data center operations at a high level of excellence.  It's a cloud you can depend on. They've shown boldness opening their platform and embracing other technologies such as Linux virtual machines and hosting Git repositories. Offering both PaaS and IaaS in Azure with a consistent set of APIs and tools€”and from a single shared infrastructure€”is a compelling new capability that significantly broadens its previous audience and the types of workloads that can be supported.€

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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