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Microsoft and Red Hat are best mates in new cloud partnership

Natali Vlatko
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Microsoft and Red Hat have joined forces in the world of hybrid cloud computing, announcing greater flexibility for deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. The deal also shines a light on .NET Core technology, sharing even more of the open source love.

Microsoft and Red Hat have come together via secret handshake on a deal that will see Red Hat Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise workloads on Microsoft Azure. The deal will also bring together teams from both companies to work on integrated support.

Four key elements have been highlighted in the partnership, with a big focus on cloud flexibility:

  • Microsoft Azure will be certified by Red Hat as an endorsed cloud and service provider for Enterprise Linux applications.
  • Cross-platform, cross-company integrated support becomes available for customers on the same premises.
  • Azure deployments will be supported by Red Hat’s virtual machine and cloud management system, including Hyper-V.
  • A further collaboration on .NET offers Red Hat customers access to .NET Core technology, an open source fork of the .NET Framework.

With more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft’s cloud, for us to team with the leader in enterprise Linux allows even more businesses to move to the cloud on their terms. By working with Red Hat, we will address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

The announcement has opened up the possibility of containers accommodating the move to a microservices architecture according to Paul Cormier, President of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “I see a consistent enterprise platform and APIs for certified applications and container portability across physical, virtual, and private and public clouds becoming that much more important.”

More and more companies are turning up to the open source party, with Cormier recognising the impact this has on communities and consumers. However, that hasn’t stopped the alliance from introducing a “pay-as-you-go” option on Red Hat Linux images, which will be made available in the Azure Marketplace. More information has been promised in the coming months.

The agreement also gives Microsoft Azure customers access to Red Hat’s entire enterprise application platform, including JBoss, their web server, cloud storage and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The news has been described by Cormier as “a key moment in enterprise software history”.

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Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for JAXenter.com (S&S Media Group).

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