Delivering VMWare virtualization to Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows
Published Oct 20 2022 12:00 PM 3,719 Views


For organizations interested in running business logic and analytics on devices, Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) enables the deployment of production Linux-based cloud-native workloads onto Windows devices. Connecting your devices to Microsoft Azure lets you quickly bring cloud intelligence to your business. At the same time, running workloads on devices allows you to respond quickly in instances with limited connectivity and to reduce bandwidth costs.


By bringing the best of Windows and Linux together, EFLOW enables new capabilities while leveraging existing Windows infrastructure and application investments. By running Linux IoT Edge modules on Windows devices, you can do more with on-premises infrastructure, reducing the overhead and cost of separate devices for different applications.

EFLOW doesn't require extensive Linux knowledge and utilizes familiar Windows tools to manage your EFLOW device and workloads. Windows IoT provides trusted enterprise-grade security with established IT admin infrastructure. Lastly, the entire solution is maintained and kept up to date by Microsoft.

A lot of customers are opting to deploy EFLOW on a virtualized infrastructure and there are several forms of nested virtualization compatible with Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows. Users can choose to deploy through a local virtual machine (using Hyper-V hypervisor), Azure Virtual Machines and now VMware Windows virtual machines.

Both ESXi 6.7 and 7.0 versions support nested virtualization needed for hosting Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows on top of a Windows virtual machine.   


You can learn more about Azure IoT Edge for Linux here and how to deploy Nested virtualization for Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows here



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