Six years ago, we worked closely with Microsoft to deliver on a significant and widespread customer request: the ability for our respective operating systems to function as guests on each other’s hypervisor. This was then codified by the certification of Hyper-V as a supported hypervisor for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the certification of Red Hat products as supported hypervisors for use with Windows which both companies have maintained for the past six years.
More than half a decade later, customers are now asking Red Hat and Microsoft to have Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a supported guest in the Azure Cloud. We both heard you! Thanks to a deep commitment by both companies, this day has arrived and, together, we are responding to another important customer ask with full support.
As the game show host says, “But wait! there’s more!” In March 2014, we announced that we were bringing Microsoft .NET capabilities to OpenShift Origin. We now expect that Microsoft .NET capabilities will grow past OpenShift Origin to include more Red Hat platforms in the near future. Once the .NET Core 5 project is officially released upstream and rigorously tested and then packaged by Red Hat, we plan on giving customers another choice of application frameworks on the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The integration of .NET with our flagship platform will also extend to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and be available as a Docker-formatted container on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and our enterprise class Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), OpenShift.
Now that’s what we love to call customer choice!