Usage of Linux on Microsoft Azure has grown exponentially over the past few years, and finally, it has managed to beat the usage share of Windows Server on the Cloud platform. Microsoft Linux developer confirmed saying, “The Linux usage on our cloud has surpassed Windows[Server].”
This didn’t happen overnight. “One in four [Azure] instances are Linux,” said Azure CTO Mark Russinovich back in 2016. Which means roughly 25 percent instances were Linux and grew to nearly 50 percent back in 2018.
Microsoft’s Azure supports almost all the popular Linux distributions including Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, and CoreOS. On Azure, you will be able to create your own Linux VMs. You can choose from already available pre-configured ones from the Azure Marketplace too.