Microsoft expands partnership with Red Hat with new container support for both platforms

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When Red Hat and Microsoft joined forces in 2015, companies were already using both technologies and today’s press release reveals that the two are taking new strides in their alliance. Today, Microsoft announced that they are adding Windows support in OpenShift, OpenShift Dedicated on Azure, and SQL Server support in OpenShift and Red Hat Linux.

Adding these goals onto the joint roadmap is being said to ‘simplify container technologies and drive digital transformation for enterprise customers into using hybrid cloud technology. As previewed earlier this year at the Red Hat Summit, Windows Server containers will be natively supported on Red Hat OpenShift, the open sourced container being the first Kubernetes project to support both Linux and Windows Server.

On top of that, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Azure will now be an available option.

With today’s announcement, it is planned for availability on Azure, Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud platform with availability announced across 42 regions globally — more than any other public cloud provider. Microsoft and Red Hat engineers are working closely to optimize OpenShift while running on Azure, ensuring enterprise performance standards and matching integrated support.

In addition, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure allows 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.

As a cherry on top, Red Hat announced that the now generally released .NET Core 2.0 is available as a container in OpenShift.