Microsoft continues its love affair with Linux, this time by bringing popular open source Linux distribution Debian to its public cloud platform Azure. Here's what you need to know.
Debian is a free operating system and Linux distribution with 43,000 packages. It's a versatile distribution and the 64-bit version of Debian GNU/Linux for Intel architecture is one of the most popular Linux distributions. This is the version Microsoft has announced as an endorsed distribution, which means the company will not only make it available on its Azure Marketplace but provide extensive support for it as well.
From today, customers are able to provision Debian-based virtual machines in Microsoft Azure by selecting the most recent point versions of Debian 7 and Debian 6 built by independent consultancy and services company credativ.
This is what Microsoft had to say about the news:
As an endorsed distribution, the Debian images provided in Azure Marketplace are supported by Microsoft Azure’s Linux and open source developer support teams as outlined in our support policy announced in July, 2015. Microsoft and credativ will work together to offer the most updated versions of Debian as Marketplace images, as well as to keep a transparent, community-oriented process for building the images.
… A number of Debian releases are already supported by Microsoft in Hyper-V 2012 R2, and with this announcement Microsoft renews its commitment to supporting Debian GNU/Linux across its on-premises and public cloud platforms, including the System Center suite, PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), Azure Site Recovery and the Operations Management Suite.
Microsoft is looking to bring more distributions of Debian to Azure in the future.
To get started with Debian in Azure, customers can select Debian from the Azure Marketplace or refer to the images in the Azure Resource Manager templates. You can find more information on the Microsoft Azure Blog.
[Via Microsoft Azure Blog]