Microsoft Improves Windows/Linux Interop with New Virt Support for CentOS
Microsoft announced today that the company has added support for a Linux distribution to Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.
Thedistribution being supported is CentOS, which is based on the Red Hat distro. Because it's free, it's a popular option for hosting solution providers.
According to a blog from the general marketing manager for Microsoft's Open Solutions Group, Sandy Gupta, CentOS support was the "number one requirement for interoperability" among customer-generated feedback. The extended support gives some leverage to hosting solutions providers who want to centrally manage the various cloud infrastructures deployed by customers from Hyper-V.
A trending report from W3techs.com shows it to be the top Linux distro over the past year, although Debian has been running neck and neck with it by less than a point in more recent months. At DistroWatch.com, CentOS has placed as high as 10 among Linux distros in the last 12 months.
Gupta said that he will demo Hyper-V's new support for CentOS at a keynote presentation at the Open Source Business Conference, being held this week in San Francisco.
Michael Domingo is executive editor of MCPmag.com and hosts the Redmond Radio podcasts.