A new deal sees the two companies making it easier to deploy Red Hat and Microsoft technologies in hybrid application containers
Microsoft and Red Hat have expanded their partnership around Windows Server with broader enterprise support for hybrid containers.
The companies plan to launch native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated support on Azure and support for SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and OpenShift.
OpenShift, Red Hat’s platform for application containers, is based on Kubernetes and Red Hat is planning support for cross-platform Linux and Windows workloads.
Red Hat demonstrated the capability in May of this year and plans to introduce a technology preview of Windows Server support in the spring of 2018.
Microsoft initially withheld support for Red Hat Linux on its Azure cloud platform long after it had introduced support for rival distributions including Ubuntu, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SUSE and openSUSE.