In September 2014, Microsoft made available as a limited preview its Migration Accelerator (MA) tool, designed to help users migrate their on-premises Windows Server workloads to Azure.
On January 14, Microsoft added support to MA for Linux. Using the MA preview tool, users can migrate Linux physical and virtual machines to Azure.The new release supports the migration of Cent OS (6.4, 6.5) and Oracle Linux (6.4, 6.5) to Azure.
To use the new Linux migration capability, new MA customers can sign up for the preview here. Existing MA customers who want to add Linux server migrations to their setup should visit the product help for links to download and install the product, according to Microsoft's blog post.
The Azure MA, based on technology Microsoft obtained via its acquisition of enterprise backup and disaster-recovery vendor InMage in July 2014, originally allowed users to migrate physical, VMware, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Hyper-V workloads into Azure.
In other Azure-related migration news, Microsoft made available earlier this week a free, open source tool for moving existing, deployed virtual machines from one Azure data center to another.