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In this brave new world where cats and dogs can live together, Microsoft and Red Hat today announced OpenShift on Microsoft Azure, calling it the world’s first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud.

At Red Hat’s annual Summit conference in San Francisco today, Paul Cormier, executive vice-president and president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat, said “this is “an unparalleled hybrid cloud offering from the leading Kubernetes and Linux provider and the leading cloud infrastructure provider.”


Scott Guthrie, executive vice-president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft, said, “what led us here is customers. How do we meet customers with where they’re at, and where they want to go and help them on that journey?”

The news means OpenShift support now exists on the Microsoft Azure Stack, bringing with it

  1. OpenShift support for Windows Containers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Containers – heterogeneous containers managed uniformly in a single container platform;
  2. SQL Server available as a certified RHEL container for deployment in OpenShift; and
  3. Enhanced developer and application support with RHEL available within Visual Studio subscriptions for no additional fee.

“It comes with full enterprise thought, and a full SLA, making sure it works well. It’s really uniquely defined around this hybrid world,” Guthrie said. “The same OpenShift runs in both the public cloud in Azure and on-premises.”


Max McClaren, vice-president and general manager, ANZ, Red Hat, spoke exclusively to iTWire and said within Australia and New Zealand the company has migrated “a lot” of SQL Server workloads from Microsoft environments onto Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) - with both Microsoft’s blessing and support.

“Microsoft’s pitch is SQL Server is much faster running on RHEL, and it’s more cost-effective on the Red Hat environment also. It’s fascinating for us and the relationship is very strong. The coming together of our value propositions in Azure is a metamorphosis for both our organisations.”

The writer is attending Red Hat Summit 2018 in San Francisco as a guest of the company.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.


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