In a move many consider long overdue, Microsoft and Red Hat on Wednesday announced a new partnership through which Microsoft will offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Azure.
Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider sometime in the next few weeks, making it possible at last for Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers to bring their own virtual machine images to run on Microsoft’s cloud platform.
Microsoft has long offered Azure support for other Linux distributions, but Red Hat’s key enterprise offering has been conspicuously absent.
“When I first heard the news, I wanted the title of the announcement to be, ‘Hell has frozen over,'” quipped Gary Chen, a research manager with IDC. “I never thought it would really happen, but it finally did.”