IDG Contributor Network: One-third of Azure virtual machines now run Linux

Linux is steadily increasing its dominance on Microsoft Azure. During his keynote at DockerCon in Seattle this week, Mark Russinovich CTO of Microsoft Azure said that the share of Azure virtual machines running Linux has grown from 25 percent to 33 percent in the past year.

In a blog post discussing Microsoft’s container innovations, Russinovich cited a Forrester report, saying that “…over forty percent of CIOs view adoption of open source technologies as critical for them in the next year – primarily because of low cost, avoidance of vendor lock-in and agility. And that same North Bridge study saw use of OSS increased sixty-five percent over same companies surveyed from previous year.”

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