Three years ago, Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft’s cloud computing Azure platform, said that a quarter of Azure instances are using Linux. By 2017, they announced that more than 40% of Azure VMs are running Linux. Today, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud computing and enterprise group, said in an interview that more than half of Azure VMs are Linux and the percentage of each month will rise.
— Microsoft Developer (@msdevUK) October 31, 2017
The most popular operating system on Azure is no longer Windows Server, and now it is Linux In fact, not only are Azure users turning to Linux. Microsoft itself is embracing Linux, Azure’s native services are usually run on Linux, and Microsoft is building more Linux-based services.
It is reported that Azure currently includes a variety of Linux distributions such as CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE, and Ubuntu. Scott Guthrie did not disclose which distribution Azure users use the most, only Microsoft is closely related to Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical.