MICROSOFT IS SHOWING more of its recently discovered open attitude with two partnership deals for Azure.
At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) the company announced that Packer.io and Opennebula will become interoperable with Microsoft technologies, including Docker libswarm and Kubernetes.
Two plug-ins for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V will allow users to generate machine images and then launch them to server. In Azure, Packer.io will be able to create customised virtual machine images, save them to Azure blogs and then launch them to Azure Infrastructure services. Opennebula will also benefit from plug-ins aimed at deploying hybrid clouds on Azure.
The new plug-ins will allow users to manage cloud deployments across Microsoft's private, public and hosted cloud platforms.
As a result of the changes, Linux virtual machines can now be used to create Docker container hosting enviroments, managed with libswarm and Kubernetes, and connected with Opennebula.
Microsoft Open Technologies chief Jean Paoli said "We like to say 'change is a developer's friend'... as long as the disruption is minimized. In today's mobile-first, cloud-first world, open platforms are creating new opportunities and creating unexpected partnerships in the industry. Openness is how Microsoft does business - building open platforms that bring value to our customers, partners and developers."
With other services including Red Hat Enterprise Linux climbing on the Docker Cloud bandwagon, Microsoft's Azure offering has to be seen to be keeping up, and so we can expect more partnerships like this in the coming months.
Earlier this year, Microsoft dropped the word "Windows" from the Azure name, to distance itself from the impression of being a proprietary only cloud service. µ