Hyper-V Gets CentOS Support for Better Windows/Linux Interop
Microsoft announced at Tech-Ed that it has added support for a highly popular Linux distribution to Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. The distribution being supported is CentOS
, which is based on the Red Hat distro. CentOS is a free distro, so it's popular among hosting solution providers, but doesn't come with any regular technical support. Microsoft said it would offer technical support in order to install Hyper-V with CentOS.
According to a blog from the general marketing manager for Microsoft's Open Solutions Group, Sandy Gupta, CentOS support was the "number one requirement for interoperability" among customer-generated feedback. The extended support gives some leverage to hosting solutions providers who want to centrally manage the various cloud infrastructures deployed by customers from Hyper-V.
A trending report from W3techs.com shows it to be the top Linux distro over the past year, although Debian has been running neck and neck with it by less than a point in more recent months. At DistroWatch.com, CentOS has placed as high as 10 among Linux distros in the last 12 months.
Gupta said that he will demo Hyper-V's new support for CentOS at a keynote presentation at the Open Source Business Conference, being held this week in San Francisco.
Michael Domingo is executive editor of MCPmag.com and hosts the Redmond Radio podcasts.