Microsoft and Red Hat Partner on Massive Hybrid Cloud Deal

The Microsoft-Linux wars are a faint memory this week as Microsoft and Red Hat ink a forward-thinking partnership in the cloud. The alliance aims to help Microsoft Azure customers embrace hybrid cloud computing by offering them more flexibility and choices for deploying Red Hat solutions on the platform.

Some years back, Microsoft was at war with Linux as well as with the free and open source software crusade in general. However, now that Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has shifted his company's focus away from safeguarding its Windows operating system position and onto the cloud, former competitors are becoming partners.

In a key part of this deal, Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise as the enterprise Linux workload of choice on Azure. But thatEUs just where the newfound friendship begins. The companies are also partnering to tackle enterprise, ISV (independent software vendor) and developer challenges with solutions that make it easier to build, deploy and manage apps on Red Hat software whether companies are using private or public clouds.

EUThe datacenter is heterogeneous, and the cloud is hybrid,EU said Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat. By joining forces with Microsoft, the companies are uniting EUon common solutions to help them solve challenges in this hybrid cloud,EU he said. The partners are offering a EUcomprehensive support agreement for our mixed technologies to support customers," Cormier added.

What the Deal Looks Like

Drilling down into the particulars of the deal, it makes Red Hat solutions natively available to Azure customers. Microsoft Azure will become an official Red Hat Certified Cloud and Server Provider in the weeks ahead, paving the way for customers to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux apps and workloads on Azure. WhatEUs more, customers with virtual machine images who subscribe to Red Hat Cloud Access can run those images in Azure. ...

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