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Microsoft-Red Hat Technical Collaboration Pact Blooms

When Microsoft and Red Hat late last year inked what they described as their most extensive joint development partnership to date, it covered a broad cross section of interoperability initiatives. The two companies this week are demonstrating the fruits of those efforts at the annual Red Hat Summit, taking place in San Francisco.

In concert with Microsoft's release of .NET Core 1.0, Red Hat announced the availability of its flagship Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) OpenShift cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) stack via certified containers and supported hybrid implementations supported by the two companies' partnership.

"This makes Red Hat the only commercial Linux distribution to feature full, enterprise-grade support for .NET, opening up platform choice for enterprises seeking to use .NET on a flexible Linux and container-based environments," according to a Red Hat blog post.

It also allows for micro services where some components are .NET-based and others built in Java. All can work together on RHEL and Red Hat OpenShift, the company noted. It also means .NET Core workloads are portable between Windows Server and RHEL, while bringing .NET to OpenShift cloud environments.

Microsoft also demonstrated SQL Server 2016 running on RHEL, which Red Hat underscored it will support. Revealed in March, SQL Server 2016 for Linux is still in private preview. Red Hat will include a demo of SQL Server 2016 for Linux on Thursday during the general session, which the company will make available through a live Web stream starting at 1:45 PST.

Red Hat's new CloudForms 4.1 cloud management software now supports Azure. The tool provides horizontal scaling of cloud platforms as well as management and reporting. And for its part, Microsoft said its Azure Resource Manager template is now available on GitHub, which the company said will provide a path to deploy RHEL and OpenShift in Azure, which will let developers build, deploy and scale applications in Microsoft's cloud using Red Hat's self-service container-based platform.

Microsoft Corporate VP Joseph Sirosh in a blog post described the releases and demos as a key milestone for the partnership between the two companies and said the Red Hat Summit was an important stage to showcase their progress.

"This is a huge accomplishment for the entire open source ecosystem -- with more than 18,000 developers representing more than 1,300 companies contributing to .NET Core 1.0," Sirosh said. "The new version also includes the first release of the .NET Standard Library, which will enable developers to reuse their code and skills for applications that run on servers, the cloud, desktops and across any device including Windows, iOS and Android."

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 06/29/2016 at 7:57 AM


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