Microsoft has been courting the open source for quite some time now. One more enticement to encourage developers to run their open source software in the Microsoft Azure cloud is that it supports Ruby on Rails.
In a blog post last week, Microsoft Architect Simon Davies, said that a new Azure feature called "Worker Roles" makes Ruby on Rails possible. He said that "Worker Roles" can now receive "network traffic from both external and internal endpoints using HTTP, HTTPS and TCP."
This means that existing applications that receive traffic over sockets can run in the Azure cloud such as MySQL and Tomcat.
Davies said that many customers have asked about running Ruby on Rails in the cloud.
"Well the answer is now yes," Davies said. "Using these new features and the approach used in the solution accelerators I have Ruby on Rails running at http://rubyonrails.cloudapp.net."