I bet that most of you aren’t used to seeing the word Windows, and Linux in the same sentence! I did a couple of blog posts on Windows Azure in the past as I’m really happy with this service, and the openness the team shown since the beginning make this service a powerful tool for mostly everybody.
With the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) on Windows Azure, you can now have VM (Virtual Machine) with the OS you want. That means you can create your own virtual machine with Windows, and even Linux. As if it wasn’t enough, we already have some images ready for you for some OS like Linux. You can choose between Ubuntu, CentOS, OpenSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server versions. So you get both of the best worlds: easy VM creation, and more advanced one if you need something more custom. At the end, you got a solution that fills your needs. Instead of managing only the application like you do with PaaS (Platform as a Service), you managed also the OS, and everything else you need to run your Web application, Web service, or database.
Here is a quick video that shows you how to create a Linux VM easily with Windows Azure.
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