Microsoft and Red Hat, partners in Cloud

Microsoft and Red Hat lately announced a partnership in hybrid cloud computing by deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. This provides greater choices and flexibility for the users.

Red Hat is planning to continue further its partnership with Microsoft. They are working together for other projects such as common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat Software across the cloud.

The webcast that these two companies hosted on November. 4, 2015 is described in these four points:

  • Red Hat solutions available natively to Microsoft Azure customers.Very soon, Microsoft Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, enabling customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure. It is believed that Microsoft Azure customers can also take advantage of the full value of Red Hat’s application platform. The applications are: Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat JBoss Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage and OpenShift and Red Hat’s platform-as-a-service.
  • Integrated enterprise-grade support spanning hybrid environments.After this partnership, Microsoft and Red Hat will work as an integrated force. Customers will be offered cross company and cross-platform support.
  • 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. In the next months, it is expected to be added the support for managing Azure workloads from Red Hat CloudForms.
  • Collaboration on .NET for a new generation of application development capabilities.Red Hat Enterprise will be the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.

Read what Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division, said:
This partnership is a powerful win for enterprises, ISVs and developers. 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.

The president of Products and Technologies at Red Hat, Paul Cormier continued:
The datacenter 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 acknowledgment of Microsoft’s need to embrace a multi-platform future rather than siloing itself in an untenable proprietary position.