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Cloud IT spending is growing rapidly. IDC forecasts worldwide public IT cloud services revenue to reach $141.2 billion by 2019, with over 60% of enterprises embracing open source and open APIs as the underpinning for cloud integration strategies by next year. Microsoft is empowering partners to capture this cloud opportunity and drive business transformation with solutions that serve all developers and tackle both their business and technical challenges.

This approach, including Microsoft’s investments in open source technologies and open standards, enables our partner ecosystem to use their existing skills to reach a large and growing base of customers. Recent announcements, from partnering with Red Hat, open sourcing Xamarin to releasing the open source friendly Azure Container Service, illustrate Microsoft’s commitment to openness. Today we announced the SQL Server v.Next preview, which brings the power of SQL Server to Linux. These products are helping partners, both new and existing, deliver on new scenarios for our customers.

Growing Opportunities in IoT

One rapidly growing scenario for our partners is IoT (Internet of Things). Our partner Adafruit is a catalyst in this space, selling open source hardware kits and tools to help tech gurus or everyday hobbyists create their own IoT products. “We hope to bring our open source values to a bigger audience which is why we’ve worked with Microsoft for IoT packs and to help get us started with our IoT efforts,” wrote Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Founder and Engineer at Adafruit. “Our relationship started as hackers who brought makers into the Microsoft world with the Kinect and has expanded much further, developing Microsoft IoT Packs for Raspberry Pi 3 and Microsoft Azure IoT Starter Kits.”

“People need to know how IoT works so we can create things together and Microsoft is helping us reach a broader audience.”

– Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Founder and Engineer, Adafruit

A New Partnership with the Linux Foundation

Microsoft’s commitment to working with open source extends beyond products to working side-by-side with standards bodies and foundations, who are creating technology in the open and accelerating commercial adoption. That’s why we’re excited today to formally join the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. This builds on our work with the foundation, including the creation of a Linux on Azure certification.

These recent announcements are the latest of many investments Microsoft has made over the past several years to make Azure an open and flexible cloud platform, with deep and broad support for open source tools and technologies. In fact, nearly one in three Azure virtual machines are running Linux today and 60% of the images in the Azure Marketplace are Linux-based.

Leveraging Big Data

As was discussed today at Connect, we’re seeing a lot of customers looking for cost-effective ways to get business insights from big data, as well as increased resiliency and durability for traditional transactional data stores. Working with ISVs like Hortonworks, DataStax and Cloudera, Microsoft Azure provides one of the most comprehensive end-to-end big data pipelines in the industry. It spans data lake, business intelligence suites, machine learning, IoT, real-time data ingestion, and Hadoop/Spark processing.

Recently, partners GoDataDriven and Xpirit, helped one of Europe’s best-known airports harness their big data potential via an ambitious new data science laboratory, implementing the first European Cloudera CDH data integration project (big data and data analytics) on Microsoft Azure.

The first implementation wave is already helping a team of the airport’s data scientists to better understand the workings of the whole airport in increasing detail. The idea is to leverage all the data assets of the operation, improving the airport’s customer service and operational efficiency, an aim now being met thanks to the power of the Azure-Cloudera combination.

“As a technologist, I am highly impressed with the openness of the Azure platform. We were able to blend an ideal combination of open source software, plus Microsoft’s native technology and cloud services, to deliver an optimal solution for one of the busiest airports in Europe. Plus, being able to connect directly with the Redmond engineers any time we wanted, has been fantastic and has really helped us.”

– Rob Dielemans, Co-Founder and Managing Director, GoDataDriven

To learn more about the Microsoft partner opportunities within the open source ecosystem, please visit our Microsoft + Open Source partner page.

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