Microsoft Corp. has extended its support to yet another Linux Server Distribution via the Hyper-V virtualisation software.
The move is seen by many analysts as a much needed step forward by the software juggernaut to counter the mighty VMware, which enjoys a significant lead in the virtualisation market.
With this new offering, customers from now on will be able to run the CentOS version of Linux as a secondary operating system in compatible Windows Server R2 Hyper-V environments.
Previously also, Microsoft was offering support for the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server as well for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux via the same Hyper-V environments.
"This development enables our hosting partners to consolidate their mixed Windows + Linux infrastructure on Windows Server Hyper-V; reducing cost and complexity, while betting on an enterprise class virtualization platform," Sandy Gupta, general manager for marketing in Microsoft's Open Solutions Group wrote in a blog post.
In the last couple of years or so, a change has been noticed by quite a few analysts who are of the opinion that Microsoft has finally come to peace with the fact that in order to survive and do well in the data centre market, the company must interoperate with Linux and other operating system platforms.