Microsoft loves Linux for Azure’s sake

Microsoft now enjoys Linux.
This is the message in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, standing before a picture that read”Microsoft Linux,” during a Monday webcast to announce a number of services it had added to its Azure cloud, including the Cloudera Hadoop package and the CoreOS Linux distribution.
Additionally, the business launched a market portal, currently in preview mode, made to make it simpler for customers to procure and manage their cloud operations.
Microsoft is also planning to launch an Azure appliance, in conjunction with Dell, that will permit organizations to run hybrid clouds in which they can easily move operations between Microsoft’s Azure cloud and their own in-house version.
The declaration of affection to Linux suggests an increasing acceptance of applications that wasn’t established at Microsoft, at least for the sake of making its own Azure cloud platform as comprehensive as possible.

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For decades, the business tied most of its own new products and innovations to its Windows platform, and saw other OSes, such as Linux, as an aggressive threat.
This animosity might be evaporating as Microsoft is finding that customers want cloud services which incorporate software from other sources in addition to Microsoft. About 20 percent of those workloads run on Azure are based on Linux desktop, Nadella admitted.
Now, the company believes its latest competitors to be the cloud services offered by Amazon and Google.
Nadella said that by early 2015, Azure will be usable in 19 areas around the world, which will provide more local coverage than either Google or Amazon.
He also noted that the business is investing more than $4.5 billion in data centres, which by Microsoft’s estimation is double up to Amazon’s investments and twice as much as Google’s.
To compete, Microsoft has been adding widely-used third party software packages to Azure at a quick clip. Nadella noted that Azure currently supports all the significant data integration piles, such as those from Oracle and IBM, as well as major new entrants such as MongoDB and Hadoop. Today Azure is generating roughly $4.48 billion in yearly revenue for Microsoft, and we’re”still at the first days,” of cloud computing, Nadella said.
The agency attracts about 10,000 new clients each week. Approximately 2 million developers have signed on to Visual studio on the internet since its launching. The service runs around 1.2 million SQL databases. Clients can also pack their own Linux distributions to run in Azure.
CoreOS has been designed as a lightweight Linux distribution to be used primarily in cloud environments.
Cloudera is your second Hadoop distribution offered on Azure, following Hortonworks. Cloudera CEO Mike Olson joined the Microsoft executives onstage to show how readily one can utilize the Cloudera Hadoop software within Azure.
Employing the new portal, Olson revealed how to start up a 90-node instance of Cloudera with a couple clicks. Such a setup can be connected to an Excel spreadsheet, in which the user may query the dataset using normal language.
Microsoft also announced a number of other products and services.
Azure will have a new type of virtual machine, which is being called the”G Household .” These virtual machines can have up to 32 CPU cores, 450GB of memory and 6.5TB of storage, making it in effect”the largest virtual machine at the cloud,” said Scott Guthrie, who is the Microsoft executive vice president overseeing Azure.
This family of virtual machines is designed to manage the much larger workloads Microsoft is anticipating its clients may want to run. It has also upped the amount of storage every virtual machine can access, to 32TB.
The new cloud system appliance, available in November, will allow clients to operate Azure services , which may provide a means to bridge their on-premise and cloud operations. 1 early customer, integrator General Dynamics, intends to use this technology to help its U.S. government customers migrate into the cloud.