This morning, Microsoft and Red Hat announced a significant new partnership that will enhance Microsoft's Azure offerings and bring Red Hat Linux, the leader in enterprise Linux will allow more businesses to move to the cloud "on their terms". The deal includes a number of new offerings for Red Hat and Microsoft customers, including:
- Red Hat solutions available natively to Microsoft Azure customers, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads as well as Red Hat application platform offerings. Available in the coming weeks, this includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as the JBoss middleware platform.
- Integrated enterprise-grade support spanning hybrid environments, with Red Hat and Microsoft co-locating support personnel to deliver an end-to-end enterprise support experience for Red Hat offerings on Microsoft Azure that is deeper and richer than any other public cloud offering. This experience will enable enterprises to move their production Red Hat solutions to the public cloud with confidence. Co-locating support will be available in the next few weeks.
- Collaboration on .NET for a new generation of application development capabilities, providing access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which will be available within the next few weeks.
- Unified workload management across hybrid cloud deployments, including integration between Red Hat CloudForms and Microsoft Azure and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure. Support for managing Azure workloads from Red Hat CloudForms is expected to be added in the next few months.
Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's Executive Vice President for Cloud and Enterprise, will join Red Hat's Paul Cormier in a webcast at 8am PST to talk more about the deal, and you can read more in the press release and on Red Hat's blog.