As we help our customers and partners on their journey to the cloud, we at Microsoft believe that an open approach is the only way to help them take full advantage of cloud services, while leveraging existing investments.
Openness is crucial to enabling this thriving technology ecosystem and we’ve seen some big milestones recently in working with open source communities and in delivering an open cloud platform. From significantly increased engagement with open source developers to making the full server-side .NET stack open source and betting big on Docker containers, we’re showing that openness is ingrained in our approach to business.
Microsoft’s open approach enables partners to address all customer cloud needs, from compute and mobile business scenarios to big data and IoT, in markets all over the world. Partners can expand their cloud business by helping customers leverage their existing and new open source technologies and capabilities as they move to the cloud.
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, a growing collection of integrated services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web. Azure supports a large number of open source applications, frameworks, and languages, as a result of Microsoft’s work with open source communities. We understand that developers want to use the tools that best fit their experience, skills, and application requirements, and our goal is to enable that choice.
Developers working in .NET, Java, PHP, Node.js, and Python can use the freely available SDKs for those languages to get started quickly and take full advantage of Azure services. Developers working in any language can use Azure services through established standards such as REST and HTTP, as well as emerging standards such as AMQP and OData.
Later this month, we’ll be at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), highlighting how support for open source translates into opportunities for our enterprise partners. We’re fortunate to have key open source partners AlterWay, Canonical, Dovecot, and SELA, demonstrating their solutions and discussing business opportunities in our “Microsoft + Open Source” booth. These partners are working with us to deliver innovative cloud solutions that incorporate open data, DevOps best practices, and OSS.
If you’re at WPC, please stop by the booth to learn more about Microsoft’s approach to working with OSS to create business value for Microsoft customers and how this creates monetization opportunities for cloud partners.
For more on how Microsoft supports an open cloud and the associated opportunities for partners, please visit our new website: Or check out Microsoft Azure today by starting a free trial.
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