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Azure features Linux, open source offerings

Ubuntu, CentOS, and the SUSE Linux family of distributions are among the Linux virtual machines (VMs) that will be supported by the Windows Azure service, according to a blog announcement from Microsofttoday.

The post, penned by Corporate VP of Server and Cloud Bill Laing. detailed the new services that Microsoft plans to unwrap in a webcast tomorrow at 1300 PDT. Among those features will be persistent virtual machines that can be Windows Server, Linux, SQL Server, or SharePoint instances.