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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Homegrown linux distro by M$

Microsoft has built a Linux distro, and is using it for their Azure data centers. From their blog post: "It is a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux." Apparently, the existing SDN (Software Defined Network) implementations didn't fit Microsoft's plans for the ACS (Azure Cloud Switch), so they decided to roll their own infrastructure. No explanation why they settled on Linux.
http://www.theplatform.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/microsoft-azure-switch-linux-block-diagram.jpg

Its own Linux-based operating system called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) and believe me, under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has become more open than ever.
The Purpose of developing Linux-based Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) operating system at Microsoft is to make it simpler to control the hardware from multiple vendors (such as Switches) that powers their cloud-based services.


 

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