Azure Cloud Certification Unifies Microsoft and Linux

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 22, 2015

FREMONT, CA:  Created in conjunction with the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, this certification represents one more important step in broadening the technology integration between Microsoft and the open source community. In an era where Application development is moving more and more toward hosted applications and services, Microsoft has developed a premier infrastructure to support and boost enterprise cloud application development. Microsoft announces the creation of a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification.

The Linux on Azure certification will be awarded to those who pass both the Microsoft Exam 70-533 (Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions) and the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exam. The two exams combine Linux administration and Microsoft Azure implementation skills and will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to design, implement and maintain complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions that take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s extensive features and capabilities. Companies want to realize the cost savings of the cloud and add value to their existing investments, which include a diverse set of vendors and technologies, including Linux and open source software. Customers can also provision Linux distributions from the command line, including vendor-backed, endorsed distros as well as Azure Marketplace solutions.

"Today's IT environments demand more from professionals than ever before, and the ones equipped to manage this new landscape look to professional certifications to rise above the rest," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at The Linux Foundation. "A Microsoft-issued certification that includes the Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin exam will most definitely allow professionals to stand apart from their peers and allow them the opportunity to work on the most interesting technologies of our time."