Microsoft Expands Open Source Support to Azure

With and OpenNebula, Microsoft is making two new open source technologies available on the PaaS Azure offering. Microsoft once again opens this cloud platform for other products as well as for open source technologies.

Microsoft announces a partnership with the two open source vendors OpenNebula and at the OSCON Open Source Conference . Microsoft continues to expand the interoperability of the Azure platform as a service offering.Recently, Microsoft announced Linux support for the two cluster management solutions Docker libswarm and Kubernetes.

As Jean Paoli, President, Microsoft Open Technologies, explained in a blog , Microsoft wanted to offer interoperability of applications and services across different technology suppliers. In the process, Microsoft is guided by the choice of which technologies are popular among developers.

Together with , Microsoft is now introducing two plug-ins for Azure and Hyper-V, providing native support for Packers for the first time. Packer is an open source tool that can automatically create identical machine images from one configuration for multiple platforms - such as Windows or Linux. So far, Packer has supported Amazon Web Services, Oracle Virtual Box and VMware

The lightweight solution supports multiple platforms but does not replace configuration management. Packers allow administrators to create an image of a virtual machine and then upload it to Azure Storage and finally run it in the Azure Infrastructure Services.

Together with C12G Labs, the company behind OpenNebula , Microsoft is introducing a new collection of plug-ins that will enable OpenNebula Hybrid Cloud Deployment to be implemented on Microsoft Azure. These plug-ins allow administrators to use the solution's infrastructure management to manage cloud deployments on private, public, or hosted Microsoft platforms.

"We believe in the co-existence of Private and Public Cloud, and the entire team is pleased that OpenNebula users can now deploy hybrid models in on-demand access to Microsoft Azure," said Rubén Montero, Chief Architect of OpenNebula. After Nebula is already mainly used by service and telecommunications providers, Microsoft is trying to bring them to Azure via appropriate support. With the opening of its own Azure platform for the products of other manufacturers Microsoft also tries to increase the attractiveness of this offer compared to other providers.