Posted by Geoff Sullivan
Managing Sales Director, Open Solutions Group

As you may have heard, the recently released Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has been engineered with the drivers needed to run on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. We are pleased to support customers running Ubuntu on Hyper-V in their virtualized and cloud infrastructure.

We’ve heard particular interest for support for Ubuntu on Windows Server Hyper-V from our hosting provider partners, who host Windows server and Ubuntu for their customers. This development enables these customers to consolidate their mixed Windows Server and Ubuntu on Windows Server Hyper-V, thus increasing business agility and reducing cost and complexity, while betting on an enterprise class virtualization platform and cloud platform.

We understand the importance of meeting the needs of customers working in heterogeneous environments and working with open source vendors and communities to do so. Building on previous announcements about support for open source vendors running on Windows Server Hyper-V, this new announcement about Ubuntu on Hyper-V support further builds out the choices customers have for running mixed Windows and Linux infrastructure.