IF YOU'D BEEN cryogenically frozen 10 or even five years ago, this would probably be one of the hardest things to get your head around when you woke up in 2015. Because Microsoft is offering a certification. In Linux.
Following the recent tie-up between Red Hat and Microsoft Azure, Microsoft will now certify you as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure. It's like Blur releasing an album of Oasis covers.
Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud program, told ZDnet recently: "It's obvious, if we don't support Linux, we'll be Windows only and that's not practical."
He went on to say: "Last fall (which is a foreign word meaning autumn) one in five instances on Azure were Linux. Today, about a year later, one in four instances are Linux."
Microsoft has already confirmed that it uses a software switch made in Linux internally, before going public with the Red Hat team-up. It also natively supports eight Linux distros on Azure and add their own from the command line.
The certification depends on you first passing Microsoft's Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions and the Linux Foundation's Certified System Administrator exams. The certification has been drawn up in tandem with the Linux Foundation, so you know everyone is going to be happy with the result.
Steven Guggenheimer, Microsoft's chief evangelist, said in a statement: "The Linux Foundation is the leading organization representing stakeholder interests in the open source ecosystem. That, combined with its proven commitment to professional, distribution-flexible and performance-based certifications, makes it a natural choice for our partner for Linux on Azure certifications."
Jim Zemlin, boss of the Linux Foundation, added: "A Microsoft-issued certification that includes the Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin exam will most definitely allow professionals to stand apart from their peers and allow them the opportunity to work on the most interesting technologies of our time."
Most importantly of all, users who join the course in the next week get a $121 discount and a free t-shirt and unlike most IT t-shirts, it's pretty darn cool. µ
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