Microsoft launches VM Depot to ease Linux deployment on Azure

Microsoft's Open Technologies subsidiary will attempt to bolster the company's cloud platform by launching a catalog of open source VMs that allow developers and users to more easily build, share and deploy Linux configurations on Azure

Microsoft's Open Technologies subsidiary has launched a preview service of a community-based catalog of open source Linux virtual machines for Azure.

VM Depot, as it is called, was announced yesterday and is aimed at easing the creation and depoyment of Linux VMs on Windows Azure.

"VM Depot allows users to build, deploy and share their favorite Linux configuration, create custom open source stacks, work with others and build new architectures for the cloud that leverage the openness and flexibility of the Azure platform," Microsoft said in a statement.

A lead technical evangelist summed VM Depot in this way:

"Do you need to deploy a popular OSS package on a Windows Azure virtual machine, but don’t know where to start? Or do you have a favorite OSS configuration that you’d like to make available for others to deploy easily? If so, the new VM depot community portal from Microsoft Open Technologies is just what you need," wrote Doug Mahugh, Lead Technical Evangelist at
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. "VM Depot is a community-driven catalog of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can easily be deployed on Windows Azure."