Windows Azure and VM Depot from MS Open Tech

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.

How it works

All images shared via this catalog are open for interaction where other users of VM Depot can leave comments, ratings, and even remix images to developers’ liking and share the results with other members of the community.  Currently, on catalogs similar to VM Depot (such as Amazon Web Services),users must pay to publish all versions of their images. With VM Depot, publishing an image is free to encourage users to take full advantage of shared insights and experience, as well as encourage collaboration towards the best possible version of an image. The shared community environment also means users can access this catalog to use basic image frameworks created by others so they can quickly continue building without starting from scratch.

VM Depot was made possible with the support of a number of partners who have contributed images and packages for this preview launch including Alt Linux, Basho, Bitnami and Hupstream.

FAQ

Q: Why has Microsoft Open Technologies Developed VM Depot?

A: VM Depot has been developed to help developers and IT pros take advantage of the open capabilities of the Windows Azure platform. VM Depot is a community-driven catalog of open source virtual machine images for Windows Azure. Using VM Depot, the community can build, deploy and share their favorite Linux configuration, create custom open source stacks, and work with others to build new architectures for the cloud that leverage the openness and flexibility of the Windows Azure platform.

Some links:

Port 25 blog

Interoperability@Microsoft blog

More info:

VM Depot delivers more options for users bringing their custom Linux images to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2013/01/09/vmdepot-delivers-more-options-for-users-bringing-their-custom-linux-images-to-windows-azure-virtual-machines.aspx

VM Depot from MS Open Tech

http://blogs.technet.com/b/port25/archive/2013/01/09/for-your-oss-image-building-and-sharing-pleasure-meet-vm-depot-from-ms-open-tech.aspx

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