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Microsoft has been pouring resources into its Microsoft Azure public cloud architecture for several years now and it shows—especially in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) arena. Where Microsoft Azure (which begins at $14,300 per year for an eight-server Web app package, as described below) was once an also-ran, it’s now one of the top contenders in the public cloud space, going head-to-head with IaaS behemoths such as Editors’ Choice winner Amazon Web Services$6,415.00 at Amazon (AWS) and Google Cloud PlatformLearn More at Google (GCP) across price, capability, and performance. And that’s evident for more than just businesses who have standardized on Windows. Linux users are finding a very welcome home on Microsoft Azure, and it’s worth a look no matter what distro you like. Only its high price and middle-of-the-road performance kept it out of winning the Editors’ Choice award this time around.

Still, its Linux-friendliness is one of the most surprising elements of the modern Microsoft Azure, especially since it extends not only to virtual infrastructure guest operating systems (OSes) but also the Linux-based container architecture Docker as well. While Microsoft Azure is built on top of a Windows Hyper-V framework, you can run many different Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu, SUSE, OpenSUSE, and CentOS, as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2012).

Microsoft Azure comes ready to run in a variety of roles, too. Besides supporting both Linux and Windows, it comes with a wide selection of ready-to-run server applications and languages. For example, you can easily set up a website with .NET, Java, PHP, Node.js, and/or Python support using prefab images and configurations. In July of 2017, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Azure Stack, which acts as an extension of Azure to make building a truly hybrid cloud architecture easier and more manageable.

On the Windows side, using Azure Resource Manager, you can quickly set up most Windows server applications. For example, you can set up a high availability SharePoint deployment. This will include nine Azure virtual machines (VMs), a group load balancer, primary and backup Active Directory (AD) Domain Controllers for a new Forest and Domain, two SQL Servers, and four SharePoint VMs with a SharePoint farm. Total setup time during my test was about one hour for what would likely be a week-long job for most IT teams working in a bare-metal, in-house environment.