Microsoft Open Technologies has recently launched a service called VM Depot that allows you to quickly and easily scan for virtual machines. Correcting for one of the original pitfalls of Azure, the inability to quickly find a list of virtual machines, this new service puts this list at your finger tips – and Linux stands out!
I’m quickly impressed that Linux virtual machines are built and ready for quick launch of distributions such as Debian, ubuntu, CentOS, and more. Many instances already contain server configurations for platforms like ruby on rails, django, php, drupal, word press, wiki platforms, and apache solr. All Linux, all fast, and all easy to launch.
Take a quick look for yourself.
Deploy the VM’s using either Windows, Linux, or Mac command line tools from Microsoft. A simple command script gives you access to all Linux virtual machines in the VM Depot.
A simple command once the command line tools are installed and the script will launch your new Linux virtual machine.
If I come off as amazed, it’s because I really am! The service might just now be making strides to catch up with Amazon Web Services in useability and features, but they are making huge leaps in the open source and Linux realm. I wouldn’t expect this from Microsoft, who for obvious reasons has a natural bias towards Windows servers. It really looks like Microsoft might be seeing open source for the web and closed source for corporations.
Kudos to you Microsoft Open Technologies! Keep up the good work!