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Microsoft and Red Hat join forces to help ease enterprises into hybrid cloud

Tech giants set aside years of rivalry to help enterprises with mixed IT environments move to the cloud with greater ease

Microsoft is teaming up with long-time open source rival Red Hat to help more enterprises make the move to cloud, through the roll-out of joint technology and support offerings.

As a result of the partnership, enterprises will soon be able to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications, workloads and virtual machine images on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Azure customers will also have access for the first time to a wide range of Red Hat tools, including the firm’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, OpenShift.

The companies have also vowed to ensure their respective cloud management tools play nicely with each other’s environments to make life easier for enterprises that may want to operate hybrid cloud set-ups.

As such, users of Red Hat CloudForms will soon be able to use the tool to manage Azure workloads, as well as Enterprise Linux applications that run on the Microsoft cloud or Hyper-V.

The two companies have also set out plans to roll out jointly delivered support offerings to underpin their technology tie-up.

In a blog post announcing the move, Scott Guthrie, executive vice-president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group, said joining forces should give enterprises more choice when it comes to deciding how to make their move off-premise.

“With more than 80% of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft’s cloud, for us to team with the leader in enterprise Linux allows even more businesses to move to the cloud on their terms,” he said.

“By working with Red Hat, we will address common enterprise, independent software supplier and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.”

In a separate blog post, Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat, said the partnership is indicative of the fact that enterprises are increasingly operating heterogeneous IT environments, featuring a mix of open source and proprietary software and systems.

“Today, it is incredibly likely that where you once found ‘Red Hat shops’ and ‘Microsoft shops’, you’ll find heterogeneous environments that include systems from both companies,” he wrote.

“We heard from customers and partners that they wanted our systems to work together – with consistent application programming interfaces, frameworks, management and platforms.

“They not only wanted Red Hat offerings on Microsoft Azure, they wanted to be able to build .NET applications on infrastructure powered by Red Hat Enteprrise Linux,” added Cormier.

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