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Microsoft's First Azure Hosted Service Is Powered By Linux 66

jones_supa (887896) writes "Canonical, through John Zannos, VP Cloud Alliances, has proudly announced that the first ever Microsoft Azure hosted service will be powered by Ubuntu Linux. This piece of news comes from the Strata + Hadoop World Conference, which takes place this week in California. The fact of the matter is that the news came from Microsoft who announced the preview of Azure HDInsight (an Apache Hadoop-based hosted service) on Ubuntu clusters yesterday at the said event. This is definitely great news for Canonical, as their operating system is getting recognized for being extremely reliable when handling Big Data. Ubuntu is now the leading cloud and scale-out Linux-based operating system."
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Microsoft's First Azure Hosted Service Is Powered By Linux

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  • by Joshua.Niland ( 1483917 ) on Thursday February 19, 2015 @05:45PM (#49091079)
    The headline should read... The first Microsoft Azure hosted service to run Linux
    • by neo00 ( 1667377 )
      Right. Or something like: "The first Azure-hosted service to run Linux is powered by Ubuntu".. etc.
    • After reading the headline I was scanning for either the announcements of lawsuits or the mysterious death of Canonical executives. No juicy tidbits to investigate, just a broken summary.

    • Actually it sounds like the Headline should read:

      "Microsoft's First Azure Service powered by Linux and Windows"

      From Microsoft:

      Select Linux or Windows clusters when deploying Big Data workloads into Microsoft Azure. With Windows, leverage existing Windows based code, including .NET, to scale over all of your data in Azure. With Linux, customers can more easily move existing Hadoop workloads into the cloud and incorporate additional Big Data components which can run in the service. By offering choice for Windows and Linux clusters, Microsoft is enhancing flexibility for customers to create insight from the massive amounts of data being created in the cloud with the OS of their choice.

    • I thought this was old news. i.e.

      Microsoft is offering a Ubuntu 14.04 in a VM to run Minecraft []

  • by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Thursday February 19, 2015 @05:46PM (#49091089)

    Roll up, roll up,
    See the former champion fight the young contender!
    Who will consume who?
    Will Microsoft wipe out SystemD?
    Or will "the Borg" finally meet its match?

  • by Fortran IV ( 737299 ) on Thursday February 19, 2015 @05:47PM (#49091099) Journal
    "...the preview of Azure HDInsight (an Apache Hadoop-based hosted service)..."

    Anybody wanna take odds on whether this gets nicknamed "Hindsight"?
    • I certainly would not give odds on it. Hindsight was how i read it the first several times before realizing there wasn't enough letters. I bet it was similar for you too.

      That being said, i hope canonical doesn't follow suit with a couple other distros and change their focus to predominately their corporate offerings. Mandriva did that and now i cannot remember the names of the forks and don't have time to test them anyways. RedHat started down that path but seems to have put the brakes on before it caused t

      • [] Pclinuxos is the distro you are looking for, no systemd and the head honcho is Texstar, the dude who did the extra repo with the cool stuff for Mandrake back in the day (as it was).
    • Why is it the worst possible name? Its supposed to give you a brand new view into your data - so in essence it is giving you the benefit of hindsight.

  • It has been embraced. So you know what comes next.
  • Leading? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by markdavis ( 642305 ) on Thursday February 19, 2015 @06:20PM (#49091359)

    >"Ubuntu is now the leading cloud and scale-out Linux-based operating system"

    More than CentOS/RHEL? I would want to see real numbers to back up that claim or at least a clarification of their definitions.

    • by Anonymous Coward


      Amazon's Linux probably has Ubuntu beat ... forever?

  • Who is writing these? Azure has run Windows since its inception. This isn't a new thing.
    • Re:So wrong (Score:4, Informative)

      by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Thursday February 19, 2015 @07:13PM (#49091597) Journal

      Did you mean to write, "Azure has run Linux"?

      That isn't quite true either. Azure ran Linux since it had VM IaaS, but it didn't have that "since inception", it appeared a little bit later.

      Either way, this news is something different. Previously, if you wanted to run Linux on Azure, you had to run it in a VM, and Microsoft only managed the VM host. Here, this is a hosted service that runs on Linux, where Microsoft is actually managing those Linux VMs for you.

  • 20 comments in and no mention of hell freezing over? We've come a long way folks, we've come a long way.
    • Hell [] isn't all that far from Detroit and I have been hearing they have quite a problem with, like, 2 meters of snow this year.
      So yeah. Hell froze over.

  • by Colin Lewis ( 3398815 ) on Thursday February 19, 2015 @10:02PM (#49092303)
    About 15 years ago, when a large Windows (NT) project was having trouble getting DNS to work properly at scale on NT, the SEs went to the source to ask how Microsoft themselves made it work. The sheepish answer was *cough*unix*cough*
    • by Bogtha ( 906264 )

      Yep. At that time Microsoft were still running Hotmail on FreeBSD because they were struggling to migrate it to Windows.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    What's so special about Ubuntu that makes it "extremely reliable when handling Big Data" that is not present in other modern Linux distros? Or is Ubuntu not linux?

  • Hotmail used to run on Solaris.
    • Only becasue Hotmail was an acquisition and it took a bit of time and a few tries to get it to run on NT. They tried to switch over almost immediately after purchase.

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