Microsoft joins with Red Hat to make hybrid cloud adoption easier

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 05 November 2015
Microsoft joins with Red Hat to make hybrid cloud adoption easier

Microsoft is to make Red Hat solutions available natively to Microsoft Azure customers to provide them with greater choice and flexibility when migrating to he hybrid cloud.

In the coming weeks, Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, enabling customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on the Microsoft platform. Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers will also be able to run their own virtual machine images in Azure.

Meanwhile, Azure customers can leverage Red Hat’s application platform, which includes Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat JBoss Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage and OpenShift, a platform-as-a-service offering.

Plus, Microsoft and Red Hat also plan to provide Red Hat On-Demand – a pay-as-you-go service for Red Hat Enterprise Linux images in the Azure Marketplace.

“The data centre is heterogeneous and the cloud is hybrid,” said Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “With Red Hat and the leader in enterprise cloud workloads joining forces, our customers are the winners today, as we unite on common solutions to help them solve challenges in this hybrid cloud. Together, we’re offering the most comprehensive support agreement for our mixed technologies to support customers.”

Microsoft and Red Hat will also address common enterprise, independent software vendor (ISV) and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Red Hat CloudForms will interoperate with Azure and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, enabling customers to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Azure. This capability is expected to be added in the next few months.

Expanding on the preview of .NET on Linux announced by Microsoft in April, developers will have access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The latter will serve as the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.

“This partnership is a powerful win for enterprises, ISVs and developers,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division. “With this partnership, we are expanding our commitment to offering unmatched choice and flexibility in the cloud today, meeting customers where they are so they can do more with their hybrid cloud deployments – all while fulfilling the rigorous security and scalability requirements that enterprises demand.”

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