WordPress and Microsoft Azure

Update: Apparently we may be relying on old media a little too much as this transcript doesn’t seem to mention wp.com moving to Azure… still we can but wait to get clarification off someone from Automattic (who are being unusually quiet :)

Update 2: Yep, never rely on a journalist it would seem… or a Daily Finance one at least… evidently all of the below is baloney but I’ll leave it up just so you can laugh at me :)

Update 3: Here’s what actually happened… better late than never.

Breaking news from Inquisitr and backed up by Daily Finance has Automattic switching WordPress.com (and you would assume their other services) to the new Microsoft Azure hosting platform.

Automattic founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg took the stage with Ozzie to talk about why he chose to use Azure for distributed hosting for WordPress and the millions of blogs its customers have online. Automattic is known as a strong advocate of Open Source technology. Mullenweg has built WordPress to run primarily atop Open Source software such as the Linux operating system, the MySQL database and the Apache Web server. Yet there he was onstage with Ozzie plugging Microsoft. Huh? [Alex Salkaver – Daily Finance

Not entirely sure what to make of this personally, but it would seem somewhat hypocritical – especially for the company that decided to move to Ngix as Litespeed were deemed not Open Source enough)

However, speaking in a business sense it’s probably a good decision – I’m sure Automattic are either getting stacks of cash from M$ and/or a great deal… and I doubt that they would have done anything to jeopardise their current performance.

And, from a personal perspective, I’d almost certainly do the same if a large chunk of cash was being dangled in front of my nose!

However, I’m not sure how well this will go down with Matt’s fans and the community at large.

What do you reckon… good call or dodgy deal?