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You can now run Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Microsoft's Azure

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March 7, 2016

The Linux community will be happy to know they can now run Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.

Corey Sanders, director of program management on Azure said-- "Both Microsoft and I love Linux, and I am ecstatic to showcase this enthousiasm with several new announcements to provide you with even more open choice and flexibility for your cloud deployments on Azure."

To be sure, Red Hat had a team working at Microsoft's headquarters on the integration ever since the announcement of a partnership in November 2015, but since last week the duo is ready to roll.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and 7.2 images are now live in all Azure regions, except China and certain U.S. government accounts, however.

Sanders added that the move towards Red Hat and open source is a logical one for Microsoft and Azure, since 60 percent of the images on the company's cloud are Linux.

However, it's also part of a broader move by Microsoft to excite open source users, fifteen years after Steve Ballmer called it a 'cancer'.

"Microsoft has decided that it has to compete for all workloads, period" said Al Hilwa, program manager at market analyst firm IDC.

"The only way to do this is wholeheartedly. They are doing more in open source and trying to be on every platform. At some point in time, everyone's going to stop marveling about this and realize it's a new world order."

In addition to the Red Hat announcement, Microsoft said that it is allowing OneOps, Walmart's open source lifecycle management tool to work on Azure, and promised more open source announcements soon.

Microsoft is also embracing containers by making the preview build of the Azure Container Service available to the IT community.

This allows virtual machines running Docker and Mesosphere, although not Google's Kubernetes system. We'll keep you posted on these and other developments.

Source: Microsoft.

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