Microsoft Customers Prefer Linux on Azure Cloud

By Debesh Choudhury | TechFuture | 2 Sep 2021


Top 100 Microsoft Customers deploy Linux (not Windows) on Azure

That is why Microsoft Azure loves Linux more than Windows! 

This is not an overstatement but a hundred percent true.

Former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer had termed Linux as ‘a cancer’.

The current CEO Satya Nadella “Hit Refresh,” and openly announced, “Microsoft Loves Linux.”

In the past, Microsoft software engineer Sasha Levin openly claimed that users run Linux more than Windows servers on Azure Cloud.

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer no longer thinks Linux is a “cancer”

CEOs can learn a lot from Steve Ballmer’s narrow and immature statement.

A larger market share of Microsoft’s proprietary Windows OS may be accounted for because most desktop and laptop computers used to be sold with Microsoft Windows pre-installed.

Steve raised the sales but failed to sense the technology trends. Microsoft performed miserably in the servers. Microsoft’s mobile OS is equally naive compared to Linux-based Android OS. Microsoft is a total failure in the mobile market.

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Open-source software is a great strategy for the future of computation

A majority of the web servers on the Internet are running on variants of Linux servers. Microsoft’s Azure cloud business depends on Linux.

They also decided to ship the Linux kernel on Windows 10.

When Microsoft's business is up by adopting Linux, Steve Ballmer now gladly puts his voice to Satya Nadella’s song “Microsoft Loves Linux”!

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Linux is more prevalent than Windows server on Azure Cloud business

The truth comes from Sasha Levin, a Microsoft Linux kernel developer.

Levin made this fact public in a message request to permit Microsoft to join a Linux security list.

The adoption of Linux in the Azure cloud has grown exponentially over the last few years.

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Linux is the most used OS in Microsoft Azure

As per Azure CTO Mark Russinovich, one in four Azure Cloud instances was Linux just five and a half years ago.

In 2017, almost 40% of Azure virtual machines (VMs) were Linux-based. In 2018, about half of Azure VMs were Linux.

As of a report of mid-2020

  • More than 50% of VM cores run Linux on Azure
  • Linux-based OS images comprise 60% of Azure Marketplace images
  • Top 100 Microsoft customers deploy Linux workloads on Azure
  • Microsoft supports all major Linux distributions, such as Debian, Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, Oracle Linux, CentOS, CoreOS, and OpenSUSE

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Linux in enterprise computing is rising as Windows Server is declining

Linux is now the most wanted platform for enterprise computing. Linux in enterprise computing is rising as Windows Server is declining.

IDC’s most recent Worldwide Operating Systems and Subsystems Market Share report in 2017 revealed that Linux held over 68% of the market, and its share has been growing continually.

Since the starting of the year 2021, there is a drastic increase in Linux on websites. Windows share in websites is gradually decreasing.

Comparison of the usage statistics of Linux vs. Windows for websites

Comparison of the usage statistics of Linux vs. Windows for websites, source: https://w3techs.com/technologies/comparison/os-linux,os-windows (screenshot by the author)

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Conclusion

  • Top 100 Microsoft customers deploy Linux workloads on Azure.
  • Linux is now the most wanted platform for enterprise computing.
  • Linux in enterprise computing is rising as Windows Server is declining.
  • The future of computing is shifting to open-source software and GNU/Linux.

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Debesh Choudhury
Debesh Choudhury

I am a solution architect for Digital Identity, Data Privacy, Password & Cybersecurity, Distributed Ledgers, IoT, a researcher & academician of Electronics, Computer Eng. & IT, an Entrepreneur & Tech Blogger.


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