Finally, Red Hat and Microsoft join hands to bring Linux on Azure

Azure is touted as the best cloud for corporate storage
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The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest March 20, 2013. Reuters/Bogdan Cristel

After years of pleas from customers, Microsoft and Red Hat have collaborated to make the popular Linux operating system available to users of Microsoft Azure. The companies got together to add Linux on the Azure cloud infrastructure since demand for new cloud technologies continues to rise.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promises to bring non-Windows software on Azure to cloud operations never seen before, reported Fortune. In this context, Cloud Chief Scott Guthrie mentioned in a blog post that the agreement was finally reached owing to customer clamor.

Ever since the cloud became indispensable to business firms, companies have been grappling with the challenge of leveraging the cloud’s better speed, cost benefits and sales potential. The hybrid cloud solved the problem and customers can now choose any operating system and tools in the cloud they want to use on their on-premise servers.  

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an open source operating system. It’s free but you have to pay for maintenance and support. Right now, Azure is touted as the best cloud for corporate storage and computing tasks.

Customers will have to wait until a few weeks from now to access Red Hat Linux on Azure. Furthermore, Microsoft will reach out to NET technologies across Red Hat’s OpenShift platform as part of the deal, said Zdnet.

The collaboration will provide integration between Azure and Red Hat CloudForms management, along with System Centre virtual Machine Manager to manage Linux on Azure and Hyper-V in the months to follow.

Last year, there were rumors a partnership was in the offing between Red Hat and Microsoft. The deal fell through and word had it Red Hat opposed the deal for some reason.

Now that the deal’s made, both companies are trying to bring compatibility to their respective development fields to make sure customers can use both the technologies in a centralized way.

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