Yes, Microsoft needs Linux.
"The collaboration between Microsoft and Canonical to create the option to run Azure HDInsight workloads on Ubuntu or Windows gives Azure customers flexibility in their big data processing decisions, both on premise, and in the cloud," Ubuntu said in a blog post.
What is Azure HDInsight?
- Cluster scaling
- Virtual network integration
- Script action support
- Azure Data Lake Store: Provides a single repository to capture easily data of any size, type or speed without forcing changes to their application as data scales.
- Azure Data Lake Analytics: A service built on Apache Yarn that dynamically scales the customer environment based on need.