Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Red Hat to provide the latter's OS on Azure, and to collaborate on new enterprise solutions for the cloud.
In recent times, Microsoft has started showing support for open-source technologies and has even open-sourced its .NET core. To further increase development of open-source .NET applications and provide Red Hat's solutions on Microsoft Azure, both companies have entered into a partnership.
Microsoft Azure already supports virtual machines based on various Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and CentOS. Now, the new partnership with Red Hat will allow the company to give enterprises the option to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well.
Additionally, existing Red Hat Cloud Access users will be allowed to port their existing RHEL VMs to Azure. Both companies will provide cross-platform, cross-company support for the hybrid cloud environment. Workload management tools, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and CloudForms from Microsoft and Red Hat respectively, will be updated to interoperate with each other's cloud platforms.
The partnership will also see Red Hat Enterprise Linux become the primary development and reference Linux operating system for .NET, which should help Microsoft push its technologies to the open-source community.