Red Hat and Microsoft on Wednesday announced a partnership that will help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure.
Breaking down a key component of today’s announcement, Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. Additionally, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.
"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," said Red Hat's Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technologies for the Raleigh-based Linux leader.
The partnership between the two tech giants include the following:
- Red Hat solutions available natively to Microsoft Azure customers. Microsoft Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider in the next several weeks, enabling customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure. Conversely, Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers will be able to bring their own virtual machine images to run in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure customers can also take advantage of the full value of Red Hat’s application platform, including Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat JBoss Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage and OpenShift, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service offering. Further down the road, Microsoft and Red Hat plan to provide Red Hat On-Demand—"pay-as-you-go" Red Hat Enterprise Linux images supported by Red Hat which will be available in the Azure Marketplace.
- Integrated enterprise-grade support spanning hybrid environments. Customers will have cross-platform, cross-company support spanning the Microsoft and Red Hat offerings in an integrated way. By co-locating support teams on the same premises, the experience will be simple and seamless, at cloud speed.
- Unified workload management across hybrid cloud deployments. Red Hat CloudForms will interoperate with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, offering Red Hat CloudForms customers the ability 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, extending the existing System Center capabilities for managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- Collaboration on .NET for a new generation of application development capabilities. 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, jointly backed by Microsoft and Red Hat. 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 Microsoft's Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for the Cloud and Enterprise division of the Redmond, Wash., software giant. "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."
A live webcast with executives from both companies will begin at 11 a.m.EST/8 a.m. PST Wednesday and can be accessed by the general public here. Following executive remarks, there will be a question and answer session, and a replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the live event has ended.