In October, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella created a huge buzz in the tech industry by announcing that “Microsoft Loves Linux”. Now the statement is getting further backing with a new offering with which organisations will be able to migrate their Linux servers and virtual machines (VMs) to Microsoft Azure cloud service.
In a blog post, Srinath Vasireddy, principal lead program manager for Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, announced, “Today, we are excited to add support for the migration of Linux physical and virtual machines to Azure, this functionality will further bolster the support for heterogeneity in MA [Migration Accelerator].” With Migration Accelerator, organisations will be enabled to transfer physical and virtual server workloads to the cloud.
Windows Server-only preview of Migration Accelerator was launched in September and at that time Vaireddy said it’s designed to migrate physical, VMware, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Hyper-V workloads into Azure, seamlessly. Migration process gets automated with this technology too. Now the Redmond-based tech giant has added support for CentOS Linux 6.4 and 6.5, with Oracle Linux 6.4 and 6.5. The company has further informed that the MA supports a single OS system disk as there is a certain limitation in Azure. You can refer to the original blog by Srinath Vasireddy here to get detailed information about the new announcement.
Customers will also find it easier to move existing workloads to another Azure data centre, as a previous blog post by Guy Bowerman, senior program manager of Microsoft Azure Compute Runtime, said, “The solution, aptly named Azure Data Centre Migration Solution (ADCMS) and licensed under Apache v2.0, provides a highly flexible and extensible method of moving assets from one Azure data centre to another.”