Microsoft unveils its own version of Linux: Azure Cloud Switch

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This week, Microsoft unveiled Azure Cloud Switch, a specialized version of Linux — a free operating system that’s supposed to make it easier for IT pros to manage their networking infrastructure across different types of hardware — important when you’re running a bunch of networks across a bunch of data centers at cloud computing scales.

Azure Cloud Switch is a super-specialized version of Linux, according to the Microsoft blog post announcing the product. Also of note is that it integrates network management technology from the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, which pushes open standards in the data center.

Though under Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO who once likened Linux to “a cancer“, Microsoft treated Linux as enemy number one, new CEO, Satya Nadella, has softened his stance on Linux considerably. Under his leadership, Microsoft has begun enabling support for Linux on flagship products like its Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. Nadella even boldly declared that “Microsoft Loves Linux” at a press event shortly after taking command of the company.

Linux, created in the early 1990s by incredibly influential programming firebrand Linus Torvalds and further developed by a veritable army of volunteers from around the world is seen to be the operating system of choice in the data center, where “free” is a very important part of the equation when you’re planning on installing the software on hundreds of thousands of servers. Plus, Linux provides an important part of the core of Google Android, giving it an extreme reach.

Source: Business Insider

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