Microsoft Adds Linux Support to Azure Cloud Migration Tool
The company now offers an Azure Data Center Migration Solution and expands support of its Migration Accelerator to include Linux servers and virtual machines.In October, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed that "Microsoft Loves Linux," during a press event. Today, the company is backing up that once-inconceivable statement with a new offering that enables organizations to migrate their Linux servers and virtual machines (VMs) to Microsoft's massive Azure cloud computing service. "Today, we are excited to add support for the migration of Linux physical and virtual machines to Azure, this functionality will further bolster the support for heterogeneity in MA [Migration Accelerator]," announced Srinath Vasireddy, principal lead program manager for Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, in a Jan. 13 blog post. Migration Accelerator, based on technology acquired from last summer's InMage buy, enables organizations to transfer physical and virtual server workloads to the cloud. "Spawned from the technology of our InMage acquisition, the MA is designed to seamlessly migrate physical, VMware, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Hyper-V workloads into Azure. It automates all aspects of migration, including discovery of source workloads, remote agent installation, network adaptation and endpoint configuration," said Vasireddy, during the September launch of the Windows Server-only preview of Migration Accelerator. Microsoft has now added support for CentOS Linux 6.4 and 6.5, along with Oracle Linux 6.4 and 6.5. According to the company, Migration Accelerator only supports a single OS system disk as an Azure limitation makes multi-disk logical volume manager (LVM) setups unworkable. Other prerequisites, including supported file system types, are listed in Vasireddy's Azure Blog entry.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is making it easier for customers that want to move their existing workloads to another Azure data center.