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Microsoft and Red Hat bring OpenShift to Azure as a jointly managed service

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OpenShift on Azure

Microsoft and Red Hat are expanding their existing partnership on cloud computing. The companies are bringing Red Hat OpenShift on Azure, to enable developers run container applications on public cloud and on-premises.

OpenShift is a Kubernetes container orchestration platform that builds, runs, and scales the applications in cloud, while Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. OpenShift on Azure will be offered as a fully managed service in cloud.

“Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our vision to deliver simplicity, choice and flexibility to enterprise developers building cloud-native applications. Today, we’re combining both companies’ leadership in Kubernetes, hybrid cloud and enterprise operating systems to simplify the complex process of container management, with an industry-first solution on Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft.

Red Hat and Microsoft will together manage, engineer and design the OpenShift on Azure. The joint solution will support the customers of both the companies, and it will be jointly managed by Red Hat and Microsoft.

The new offering will help developers to use OpenShift and move apps between on-premises and Azure. They will be able to securely connect between Azure and on-premises OpenShift clusters with hybrid networking.

Microsoft said that the joint solution will allow developers to access a number of Azure services like Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure SQL DB.

Microsoft will enable hybrid cloud support for OpenShift on Azure Stack, so that customers can develop, deploy and manage cloud apps on Microsoft infrastructure. Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will include support for Windows containers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux containers for multiarchitecture container management.

Furthermore, it will have integrated Microsoft SQL Server across OpenShift, offering more options to harness data.

“Very few organizations are able to fully silo their IT operations into a solely on-premises or public cloud footprint; instead, it’s a hybrid mixture of these environments that presents a path toward digital transformation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat. “By extending our partnership with Microsoft, we’re able to offer the industry’s most comprehensive Kubernetes platform on a leading public cloud, providing the ability for customers to more easily harness innovation across the hybrid cloud without sacrificing production stability.”

Visual Studio Enterprise and Visual Studio Professional subscribers will get Red Hat Enterprise Linux credits. It will allow developers to work with Java, .NET, and other frameworks on the OpenShift on Azure.

Also read: Red Hat and HPE collaborates to accelerate container application delivery

Announced at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, the Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will be available for preview in coming months.

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