Red Hat – Microsoft Partnership Unveils OpenShift for Azure
At the 2018 Red Hat Summit, held in San Francisco, CA, Red Hat and Microsoft announced a collaboration that has the companies jointly managing a public OpenShift service running on Microsoft Azure.
This will allow customers to run Kubernetes-container-based applications on either on-premises servers or the Azure cloud, and manage them through OpenShift. Both vendors are planning to offer support for the service, with Microsoft handling the cloud portion and Red Hat the Kubernetes container side.
The two firms say the managed OpenShift service will be the first of its kind to run via a public cloud. The combined offering will also offer hybrid networking services and will work with Microsoft’s Azure Stack private cloud.
For Red Hat, the joint service will help push the company’s hybrid cloud capabilities, letting companies shift their container-based applications over to Azure when on-prem hardware isn’t quite cutting it without having to make significant adjustments in the process.
In addition to being a fully managed service, Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will bring enterprise developers:
- Flexibility: Freely move applications between on-premises environments and Azure using OpenShift, which offers a consistent container platform across the hybrid cloud.
- Speed: Connect faster, and with enhanced security, between Azure and on-premises OpenShift clusters with hybrid networking.
- Productivity: Access Azure services like Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure SQL DB, making developers more productive.
Paul Cormier, Red Hat President, Products and Technologies said “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.”
It Gets Better
Microsoft, meanwhile, gets to boast yet another vendor tie-in for Azure, and also gains extended support for SQL Server on RedHat OpenShift containers, as well as OpenShift support for Azure Cosmos DB, Machine Learning, and SQL DB.
“Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our vision to deliver simplicity, choice and flexibility to enterprise developers building cloud-native applications,” said Microsoft cloud and enterprise group executive VP Scott Guthrie. “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.”
Rollout of the partnership will occur in two phases, with Azure support for OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure and Azure Stack available now. The jointly managed OpenShift on Azure project is slated to go into its preview phase “in the coming months.”
Meanwhile, Red Hat is also looking to extend its partnership with IBM. Monday saw the announcement of IBM Cloud Private and IBM Cloud Private for Data becoming Red Hat Certified Containers, making it easier for both of the IBM middleware offerings to run in OpenShift containers.
Red Hat OpenShift on Azure is anticipated to be available in preview in the coming months. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure and Azure Stack are available now.
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Details/content provided by: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/08/microsoft_azure_redhat_openshift/ & https://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/red-hat-and-microsoft-co-develop-first-red-hat-openshift-jointly-managed-service-public-cloud