At O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention in the US, Microsoft’s Open Technologies division announced partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula to allow developers to use more open source technologies with the Microsoft Azure platform.
The partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula will enable interoperability of applications and services across different technology providers, and complement a diverse set of open source solutions recently brought to Microsoft technologies, including Docker’s libswarm project and Kubernetes.
Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. It allows developers to generate machine images and then launch completely provisioned and configured machines on Windows Server. They will soon be able to do this with Azure too.
With OpenNebula – an open, adaptable and extensible architecture with interfaces and components to build and manage customised cloud services and make cloud operations conform to existing policies – customers will be able to build hybrid cloud deployments on Microsoft Azure.
“These two partnerships are part of our overall goal to simplify development and deployment experience, and we are continuing to create other strategic partnerships that will help us deliver open, flexible environments to the developers that need more to be nimble when building for a wide array of cloud scenarios,” said Jean Paoli, president of Microsoft Open Technologies.
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