In December 2015 Microsoft announced the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification. This certification path was created in cooperation with the Linux Foundation – the non-profit organization that hosts the Linux project, employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and hosts kernel.org (where all Linux kernel updates are released).
The Linux on Azure certification will be awarded to individuals who pass both the Microsoft Exam 70-533 (Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions) and the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exam.
Those two exams covers Linux administration and Microsoft Azure implementation competencies and combined are demonstrating the holder’s ability to design, implement and maintain Linux-based solutions on Microsoft Azure platform.
Some may be surprised about Microsoft’s steps toward Open Source technologies and communities but they should not. Nowadays Open Source (and mainly Linux) is a most-adopted branch of IT. Speaking about Microsoft Azure, biggest cloud platform in the world, almost 40% of all VM’s are running Linux. So it should not be surprising that Microsoft is cooperating with Linux Foundation to bring complex certification solution for those professionals who works with Linux environments on Azure platform.