VM Depot Crosses Another Milestone

In January of last year, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) launched VM Depot- a community-managed repository of open source virtual machine images for deployment on Microsoft Azure. The vision we articulated for this repository is that it be a place where “the community can build, deploy and share their favorite Linux configuration, create custom open…

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Tutorial: Finding Virtual Machine Images for Windows Azure in VM Depot

For users of VM Depot, our repository of community managed Virtual Machines for Azure, we have added significant enhancements to the search feature of the website. With this expanded search capability, it is now easier than ever to find an open source, Linux-based, virtual machine for Windows Azure. Search and you shall find Basic search…

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Vagrant and Hyper-V Provides Managed DevOps Work Environments

MS Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has released code for Vagrant that brings initial Hyper-V support to this very popular DevOps tool. Vagrant managed work environments can be controlled by a single, consistent workflow, to help you maximize the productivity and flexibility of your team. Alongside industry-standard provisioning tools such as shell scripts, Chef,…

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Free Webinar on October 16 - MongoDB, Jaspersoft and Windows Azure: Building Open Source Reporting and Analytics in the Cloud

  Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., Jaspersoft and MongoDB have teamed up to deliver a webinar on building open source reporting and analytics for your NoSQL solutions in the Cloud. Join our free webinar on October 16 to see how to deliver interactive reporting, analytics, and dashboards for MongoDB on Windows Azure, enabling rapid, meaningful, actionable…

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Azul Systems Releases Zulu, an OpenJDK Build for Windows Azure, in Partnership with MS Open Tech

Today I’m happy to report the news that our Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., (MS Open Tech) partner Azul Systems has released the technology preview for Zulu, an OpenJDK build for Windows Servers on the Windows Azure platform. Azul’s new OpenJDK-based offering has passed all Java certification tests and is free and open source. Azul’s new…

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A sneak peek at four new Nagios and Zabbix plugins for Windows Azure

Busy times at MS Open Tech! Today we’d like to share with the Azure community a sneak peek at our work on four new plugins for Nagios and Zabbix. It’s early days, but we care about your feedback and love working in the open, so effective today you can take a look at our github…

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Developers and Citizens Can Now Harness the Power of More Open Data with CKAN and Windows Azure

Open data is becoming increasingly important for governments and public research. Based on the openness and interoperability of the Windows Azure platform, open data technologies are enabling more open data to be available in the cloud. CKAN (Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network) is one of the most popular open data platforms in use by Governments, universities…

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Live from //build/: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Web Sites GA, Autoscale Preview and new Virtual Machines Images

Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites are now generally available, offering a rich set of services for building what we call “Modern Applications.” Modern applications are invariably web based and accessible by a broad spectrum of mobile devices. Microsoft Open Technologies has taken an active part in these releases, contributing its expertise…

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New Tutorial: Using Apache ZooKeeper on Windows Azure to Manage Solr on Linux Virtual Machines

Here at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., we’ve been working with the top open source DevOps, application and data tools to make popular open source packages easy to deploy and manage on Windows Azure. This work gives developers the ability to take combine powerful open source technologies in new and unusual ways in the cloud to…

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