MICROSOFT'S AZURE cloud offering has added more playmates today with the arrival of Debian GNU/Linux and a new tie-up with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).
This will be the first time that Debian has been officially recognised as an Azure compatible system. It is already installed in millions of systems, physical and virtual, around the world, and at the other end of the spectrum it forms the basis of Raspian, the 'native' operating system of the Raspberry Pi.
If you're having trouble placing it, it's the one that uses Toy Story characters for its different versions, the most recent being Wheezy, replacing the previous Jessie.
In fact, Azure would probably have supported a Debian installation anyway, but as an officially recognised version you can get support from the Azure team and actually download the special build, created in partnership with Credativ, on the Azure Marketplace.
Linux support in Azure is nothing new in itself, but Debian has brought the distro list to eight.
Meanwhile, at HPE's London event the company confirmed a partnership with Microsoft that will create 5,000 new Azure Cloud architects.
HPE mothballed its own public cloud offering earlier this year, and partnerships with companies such as Microsoft are creating a 360 offering to customers. Azure is now the 'preferred public cloud partner' of HPE.
Head honcho Meg Whitman commented: "HPE is committed to helping businesses transform to hybrid cloud environments in order to drive growth and value.
"Public cloud services, like those Azure provides, are an important aspect of a hybrid cloud strategy, and Microsoft Azure blends perfectly with HPE solutions to deliver what our customers need most.”
The announcement came as part of a surprise live link up with Microsoft boss Satya Nadella, who spoke at the same venue just two weeks ago during Microsoft's Future Decoded event. µ
Galaxy Fold... more like Galaxy F***ed
And the nostril-facing webcam has been replaced
No port in a publicity storm
It never worked properly, so why fix it