Open Source Technical Enablement resources for your team


During this new era of digital transformation, an increasing number of organizations are investing in cloud IT. 

IDC forecasts global public cloud services spending to reach $266 billion by 2021 as enterprises strategically become more open to integrations with open source and open APIs. Research points to Software as a Service (SaaS) to remain the most in-demand cloud computing service, representing almost two-thirds of all public cloud spending in 2017, and estimated to be nearly 60% by 2021. Microsoft empowers partners to truly capture this cloud opportunity and drive their own digital transformation with solutions to serve all customers and tackle both business and technical challenges.

To this end, Microsoft investments in open-source technologies and open standards empower our partners’ use of their existing skills and assets to reach a larger and growing customer base. From open sourcing Service Fabric to joining the Linux Foundationplus much more, including building support for tools such as Terraform and Ansible into our Cloud Shell—it all illustrates our commitment at Microsoft to a more diverse technology ecosystem.  

It is with this goal in mind that Microsoft Azure has been made to support numerous operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases, and devices. Microsoft Azure’s growth momentum is more evident than ever, with over 44% of all Azure virtual machines running Linux and 70% of all new VMs created from the Azure Marketplace being open source. 

Technical Enablement for your team 

Microsoft is committed to delivering an open source-friendly cloud and ensuring that partners have the skills to capture this growing opportunity. CIOs identify the IT skills gap as the primary barrier to the digital transformation of their businesses.

To solve our partners’ increasing need for a workforce with the right technical expertise, Microsoft provides a variety of technical enablement options in the form of trainings, tools, and other resources, including free Microsoft Azure training courses. These courses offer a self-paced, interactive online learning environment, as well as Azure certifications at deep discounts.

Do you want to feel confident in your ability to design, architect, and implement scalable Linux solutions that leverage the Microsoft Azure open source capabilities? Take advantage of our on-demand Linux Foundation training modules and get ready to earn your Linux on Azure certification.

Learn more about the free, on-demand Linux Foundation training modules on our OSS Partner Community call Friday, April 27 at 10 am PT.

Resources for your Open Source practice 

Visit the Microsoft + Open Source partner page to learn more about the Microsoft partner opportunities within the open source ecosystem. Follow the Microsoft + Open Source team @OpenAtMicrosoft and sign up for the Microsoft + Open Source blog RSS to stay current on open source news across the company. 

OSS Technical Community

  • Blog series  – OSS trends and solutions on the Microsoft platform
  • Monthly community calls  – Partner opportunities, resources, and technical overviews
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