Microsoft and Red Hat are building on their enterprise partnership in hopes to make it easier for customers to adopt and deploy cloud container technology. According to a Tuesday press release, this will provide native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat Open Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server containers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift.
The support for WIndows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform looks to simplify some of the complexity that comes with the deployment of DevOps in Windows and Linus Platforms.
With the additional support, Red Hat OpenShift will be the Kubermeters-based platform capable of supporting Linus and WIndows Server container workloads in a single platform. This will help eliminate some of the silos found in heterogeneous environments. The integration will be available as a preview this spring.
Dedicated is essentially a Container platform as a Service. By offering Dedicated on Azure, customers can utilize the container platform without having to invest a ton of resources in managing it, as Red Hat handles that on its end. This will be available sometime in early 2018.
“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,” the release notes.
For hybrid cloud environments, support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux workloads is also coming to Azure Stack, Microsoft’s on-premises version of Azure. Because Azure Stack runs on certified hardware, this gives IT more control over the infrastructure to maintain compliance or other standards.
Additionally, SQL Server will be available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift in the next few months. This follows the announcement of .NET Core 2.0 as a container in OpenShift, and furthers the two firms’ efforts in cloud-native infrastructure support, the release said.