Microsoft has announced it will release the preview of its Service Fabric for Linux at their Ignite conference on Sept. 26.

Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices. Service Fabric also addresses the significant challenges in developing and managing cloud applications. Developers and administrators can avoid solving complex infrastructure problems and focus instead on implementing mission-critical, demanding workloads knowing that they are scalable, reliable, and manageable. Service Fabric represents the next-generation middleware platform for building and managing these enterprise-class, Tier-1 cloud-scale applications.

This announcement is good news for developers, who will now be able release and update their applications more quickly so that they can respond to customer feedback and have faster time to market than their business’s competitors.

“Service Fabric has been powering highly scalable services like Cortana, Intune, Azure SQL Database, Azure DocumentDB, and Azure’s infrastructure.  We’ve seen tremendous response from our customers and great momentum since our recent GA at Build 2016, including BMW, CareOtter, Ilyriad, Bentley Systems and Assurant,” says Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich.

Russinovich said that Azure will release a Linux standalone installer to enable Service Fabric to be used outside of Azure for on-premises, hybrid and multi-cloud deployments in the near future. Azure Service Fabric will also be available on the open-source operating system soon.

“This will allow developers to enhance the standard programming models and use them as starting points to create their own programming models and to support other languages.”

The first Linux distribution to get Azure Service Fabric will be Ubuntu Server 16.04, an LTS (Long-Term Support) release that’s guaranteed to be supported for the next five years. Ubuntu’s developer Canonical Ltd. pitches the OS as a platform for modern container and microservices-based cloud creations, making it a good candidate for Microsoft’s initial Linux release.

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