Penguin Poised for Windows Azure as Microsoft Seeks Linux Expert

It seems like Microsoft is slowly approaching its goal to make Linux available on its flagship cloud platform, Windows Azure, according to a new report.

The report on ZDNet revealed that Microsoft is all set to allow customers to have persistent virtual machines running on Windows Azure. This effectively means that customers can either choose Windows or Linux for their virtual machines. As it stands, if all goes well, Microsoft will be launching the "Community Technology Preview (CTP) test-build of the persistent VM capability in the spring of 2012", read the report.

Further, the report also cites inputs from the writer's "contacts" from within the Silicon Valley about a job posting that clearly indicates that Microsoft is all set to have linux on Windows Azure. "A contact of mine provided me with a link to a Microsoft job posting for a software development engineer at Microsoft that calls for some serious Linux credentials," read the report.

The job post by Redmond based OS giant states quite clearly that the company is looking for the right candidate who will be assigned to define and scope the open source programme, aimed at enabling Linux on the Windows Azure platform.

The selected candidate will be responsible for, "Work(ing) with Microsoft product groups to help ensure the design and implementation of Microsoft virtualization and cloud technology will support Linux architectures and runtime paradigms," the job post by Microsoft explained.