Microsoft adds support for CentOS

Microsoft announced May 16 that the company has added support for a Linux distribution to Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

The distribution being supported is CentOS, which is based on the Red Hat distro. Because it's free, it's a popular option for hosting solution providers.

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.

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