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Drupal Coming to Microsoft Azure

By February 28, 2013 Blog 8 Comments

Microsoft Open Technologies, the open source focused arm of the software giant, has announced a public preview of their VM Depot, and will be offering pre-made stacks and systems with a range of apps, including Drupal, WordPress, Magento extensions and more. The VM Depot is a large repository of open source virtual machine images which can be run on Windows Azure. Microsoft has released these virtual machines so that open source software developers will find it easier to create new applications on their cloud platform.
This news is exciting for open-source CMS lovers. Among the pre-packaged open source virtual machines which are available for the platform, are WordPress, Drupal, phpBB, DocuWiki, Solr, Media Wiki and Joomla. For those who are more interested in developing their own custom-coded applications, there are several useful tools including ready-made stacks for Ruby, Django, LAMP and Tomcat. Images based upon several different free and open source operating systems are available, including Ubuntu, CentOS, open SUSE, and other popular systems.
Microsoft offers a 90 day free trial for the Azure cloud service, and running costs after that depend upon the traffic that your site gets or the amount of computing resources that your app uses. If you have a relatively low requirements piece of software then you could save a lot of money by running it in the cloud compared to paying a monthly fee for your hosting. In addition, the elastic nature of the cloud makes it perfect for apps that have brief surges in demand.
These pre-configured images are a boon for developers that do not want to have to cope with the hassle of setting up their systems, especially when they are not certain that they will be using the cloud as delivery platform for their applications on release. Hopefully this will encourage more Drupal users and developers to consider using the cloud for their applications and websites.

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