MICROSOFT AND RED HAT have become bosom buddies with the announcement of a partnership that will see Red Hat as the preferred Linux distro in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
The news comes after Microsoft revealed recently that it uses a software switch for Azure built on Linux.
The companies also plan to work together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications across private and public clouds, using Red Hat.
The key elements of the partnership will include native availability of Red Hat to Microsoft Azure customers, and Azure becoming a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider. This will allow access to all functionality, including JBoss App Platform, JBoss Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage and platform-as-a-service OpenShift.
Red Hat is also planning a pay-as-you-go Red Hat offering in the Azure Marketplace, coming soon.
Customers will receive cross-company support from Red Hat and Microsoft in a more coordinated way than has been seen before in the sector, with co-managed support teams from both companies in the same location.
Red Hat CloudForms will interoperate with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, meaning that management will be possible through Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure. This will be added in the next few months.
The two companies will collaborate on .NET application development to bring .NET capabilities across Red Hat's offerings. Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be 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."
Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat, added: “The data centre is heterogeneous and the cloud is hybrid. 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."
The coming together of Linux and Windows is yet another acknowledgement of Microsoft's need to embrace a multi-platform future rather than siloing itself in an untenable proprietary position.
We've seen this across enterprise and consumer alike as the company brings its applications to the Mac, iOS and Android platforms, but it's now further evidenced in the enterprise sector where open source is king and the need for strategic partnerships is paramount to the company's strategy under Satya Nadella. µ
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