For a while now, Microsoft has been courting open-source software makers to convince them of the wisdom of offering their wares on Windows. So its not too surprising that many of those same apps also are being moved to the Windows Azure cloud platform.
At the end of November, Microsoft architect Simon Davies blogged that he had gotten the open-source Ruby on Rails framework to run on Windows Azure. By using a combination of new functionality in the November Windows Azure software development kit (SDK), plus some new Solution Accelerator technology, Davies said he managed to get Ruby on Rails to run.
There are a bunch of these Azure Solution Accelerators available for download from the Windows Azure Platform Web site. There are also new SDKs for Microsofts recently unveiled AppFabric middleware for Java, Ruby and PHP developers, as well, availble for download.
Davies noted that Microsoft has demonstrated a number of open-source apps, including MySQL, Mediawiki, Memcached and Tomcat, can run on Windows Azure. Microsoft has been working on delivering PHP and Eclipse tools for Windows Azure.