Learn how open source plays a key role in Microsoft’s cloud strategy with Inside Azure for IT

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Written by Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President, Azure Core Product and Design


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In our third episode, we talk about some of our Linux and open source-related partnerships, product innovation, and initiatives, plus how that helps customers and communities. To those who think of Azure as “mostly Windows cloud,” it may be surprising to learn that more than 60 percent of Azure customer compute cores are Linux-based, and that Linux virtual machine (VM) cores are growing faster than those based on Windows.


My own career has mirrored Microsoft’s evolution of how we think about, contribute to, and consume Linux and open source. For example, I’ve gone from being solely focused on Windows and Windows Server, to learning how to contribute upstream to make Linux run great on Hyper-V, to now, where open source and Linux are core to the development of Azure.


In this episode, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek at Microsoft’s approach, and how we've brought together customers, partners, and communities to innovate and collaborate across open-source technologies.


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