Microsoft loves Red Hat: The business implications

Posted by Alessandro Fontana   |   Wednesday, November 18th, 2015   |  

As you may have heard, Microsoft recently announced its “historical” partnership with Red Hat, something that a number of analysts already claimed as a milestone for both companies but especially for their customers.

Although this partnership has been presented as a “cloud space deal” it touches a number of different technologies but, obviously, the most acclaimed news is the highly anticipated availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Microsoft’s public cloud offering Azure.

You can see that as a step forward towards an OS-agnostic Azure, but among the reasons behind this move there is that RHEL has been a first class citizen on AWS for a long time and because most enterprises are big shops of both Microsoft and Red Hat its absence has been highly noticed.


Looking at this partnership from a business perspective is clear how Microsoft’s go-open-source strategy will benefit from Red Hat’s credibility in this space. With the majority of the market adopting open technologies for many different (and well known) reasons, Microsoft struggles to be perceived as a credible member of open source communities, partnering with Red Hat gives a strong message to the purists and grants Microsoft a trusted ambassador for this world. What about the advantages for Red Hat? Anything mysterious: the partnership reinforces its enterprise grade claim, supports the multi-vendor strategy the company advocated during the last two years and I can even argue that money could be involved somewhere ..

Another prominent member of this agreement is .NET that will be ported and supported on RHEL and OpenShift which is Red Hat’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. The advantages for customers and, specifically, for the developers’ community are crystal clear: freedom of choice and flexibility. For both Microsoft and Red Hat is pretty much the same. As mentioned before we are going to see a tighter integration at many different levels. Bottom-up the deal includes storage, middleware, management and so on all in the name of a better service to fit customers’ needs.

Each of these integrations, these different platforms and technologies talking each other have different implications and specific perspectives but it will take time to see the real results of this new friendship.

What we can say for now is that the market reacted in a positive way and we are happy to see an happy ending to a former war of religion.



blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Release: VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5

June 13th, 2017

Log Insight is a log aggregation, management and analysis tool, that VMware first introduced in 2013 and considered a competitor of Splunk.
Yesterday VMware announced the release of version 4.5, available for…

Release: VMware vRealize Automation 7.3

June 6th, 2017

Today VMware announced the latest release of its cloud management platform vRealize Automation, former vCloud Automation Center.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.3 release notes can be found at this link.

The…

Paper: Introducing the NSX-T Platform

February 9th, 2017

“We see greater potential strategic opportunity in NSX over the next decade than our franchise product vSphere has had for the past decade.”
said VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger talking about…

Paper: VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption Performance

November 22nd, 2016

Encryption of virtual machines is something that has been requested for years by the security community. VMware continued to postpone its implementation due to the negative operational impact that many…

Quest Software leaves Dell

November 1st, 2016

In September 2012 Dell announced to have completed the acquisition of Quest Software, a Californian company with an history in systems management, security, business intelligence and, falling back in our…

Citrix announces Q3 2016 results

October 21st, 2016

Citrix announced its financial results for third quarter 2016.
The revenues for the second quarter were $841 million for an increase of 3% compared to Q3 2015.
Net income was $132…

Release: VMware vSphere 6.5 & Virtual SAN 6.5

October 19th, 2016

2016 edition of VMworld US has been quite turbulent, on the other hand during VMworld Europe, happening these days in Barcelona, the company announced a few more products for the…

Release: VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.0

October 18th, 2016

Log Insight is a log aggregation, management and analisys tool, that VMware first introduced in 2013 and now is usually compared with Splunk.
Yesterday VMware announced Log Insight’s new major…

Release: Windows Server 2016 with support for Window Server & Hyper-V containers

October 13th, 2016

Yesterday Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016 which the company defines as a cloud-ready OS.
Beside fancy definitions, one of the most relevant perks of this release…

Release: Oracle VM 3.4.2

September 22nd, 2016

During Oracle OpenWorld 2016 the company released version 3.4.2 of its enterprise virtualization solution.
Oracle VM is available for both x86 and SPARC based processor architectures and uses the Xen hypervisor…

VMworld US 2016 Wrap-up

September 1st, 2016

Today was the last day of VMware’s flagship conference VMworld in Las Vegas, an highly controversial edition which left a good chunk of the audience disoriented if not properly disappointed….

Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for 2016

August 11th, 2016

Last week Gartner updated its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the year 2016. The Magic Quadrant for the year 2015 was released in May last year…

Release: Ansible Tower 3 by Red Hat

August 2nd, 2016

Ansible is one of the four main players in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C. and acquired…

IBM announces earnings for Q2 2016

July 19th, 2016

Yesterday IBM announced its results for Q2 2016.

If we compare with the same quarter in 2015 earnings per share, from continuing operations, decreased 22%. Net income, from continuing operations,…

 
Monthly Archive