Microsoft opens Azure to IaaS, Linux

Network World – Microsoft unveiled new capabilities for Azure that move the cloud offering from a platform as a service into the competitive landscape of infrastructure as a service, while embracing open-source operating systems.

“Enabling infrastructure as a service gives customers the ability to host and deploy durable virtual machines running Windows or Linux,” Scott Guthrie, CVP of Windows Azure’s application platform, said during an unveiling broadcast on the Web Thursday. “You may be surprised to hear about Linux, but our support of Linux is one example of how we are embracing openness in a fundamental new way.”

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