Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Microsoft and Red Hat just made their biggest joint bet on enterprise containers to date

The two “allies” want enterprises using Docker and Kubernetes to run their mission-critical applications.

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) have extended their ongoing partnership to track down issues associated with enterprise adoption of containers and hybrid cloud architectures.

The two companies freshened up “alliance” includes native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift.

“These additions to the companies’ joint roadmap will simplify container technologies to help enterprise customers increase agility and drive digital transformation using hybrid cloud,” the two allies said in a joint statement.

Red Hat and Microsoft will also extend the integrated, co-located Microsoft and Red Hat support to enable these new offerings across platforms.

Firstly, by supporting Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift, the two companies expect this to help siloed enterprise applications to more easily be carried into container environments through the adoption of DevOps practices.

Red Hat OpenShift will be the first container application platform built from the open source Kubernetes project to support both Linux and Windows Server container workloads in a single platform across the multiple environments of the hybrid cloud.

This capability is expected to be available as a Technology Preview in Spring 2018.

Secondly, the Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure offering has been designed to allow enterprise IT teams to focus on delivering business value and fostering innovation rather than keeping the lights on and micro-managing resources.

Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure is expected to be available in early 2018.

Lastly, the companies are making relational database management system SQL Server available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift, jointly supported by both Microsoft and Red Hat.

Matthew Hicks, vice president, Software Engineering, OpenShift and Management, Red Hat, said: “Alongside Microsoft, Red Hat is providing a way for organizations to truly make the technology choices that matter to them, from containerised workloads to public cloud services, without adding an equal burden of complexity.”

John Gossman, Lead Azure Architect, Microsoft, said: “Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our commitment to bring enterprise customers the hybrid cloud solutions they need to modernize their businesses as they shift to operate in a cloud-native world.

“We are extending this commitment as we again join forces to bring fully interoperable solutions that simplify container adoption and help customers make the most of their hybrid cloud strategies.”