The goal of the community is to help partners, of all backgrounds to collaborate. With that Microsoft expects more efficient sales of open source solutions on Microsoft Azure. On a space for partners to connect, the lines of communication should become more transparent.
This is a place where they can share both customer success stories and customer concerns, which affects the entire community. One partner's success is good news for the entire community.
During the announcement, this statement was also shared:
“Our goal with this community is to open the lines of communication for system integrators, solution providers and independent software vendors to connect with each other and with Microsoft product teams directly.
We created this community discussion board for anyone interested in receiving and sharing information on the broad range of open technologies and solutions on Azure. Use the Microsoft and Open Source community to browse posts, stay up-to-date on supported open source technologies and partnership announcements, or click “start a topic” to begin your own conversation.”
Azure Benefiting from Open Source
Some end users prefer open source options for their flexibility and global support. With open source, users can make a direct impact on the performance and functionality of the software and servers. The fact that Azure supports open source servers gives Microsoft a broader impact in terms of audience and usage.
As Azure grows in power and capability, more users will have the opportunity to make the move towards a Microsoft solution. This is where partners will play a role in the highly diverse and competitive marketplace. Partners work with a wide variety of clients and need to work in conjunction with other Microsoft partners to get the right messaging.
The Microsoft community of users has been embracing many of the new open source offerings. This is especially true with the capability of transferring their workloads onto Azure.
Microsoft has also noted that 1 in 3 virtual machines supported by Azure are Linux. Furthermore, they are quite pleased that this number is growing continually. Learn more about the community here.