Rackspace, Red Hat and Microsoft — Even Better Together

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything in the IT industry, something new comes along that you didn’t expect. That’s certainly the case with the relationship between Microsoft, Red Hat and Rackspace, which is now offering support for Linux migrations in Azure.

When you take a deeper look at this combination of industry leaders, it really does make a lot of sense.

Microsoft hearts Linux

The initial surprise for many people is that Microsoft is embracing Linux. While some in the open source community have a negative view of Microsoft, it’s clear that open source and Linux are now critical components of Microsoft’s strategy to serve its customers. And that strategy is based on a recognition of how the technology space has changed in the last several years.

Microsoft recognizes this and has made significant investments in open source technologies to support them across its platforms. Whether it’s in the Azure public cloud or on dedicated Windows platforms such as Hyper-V and the new Azure Stack, Microsoft is committed to providing the best operational environments for Linux workloads.

Microsoft hearts Red Hat

Microsoft and Red Hat have been strengthening their relationship recently, and the result is broad support for Red Hat technologies across the Azure regions. These include:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat JBoss Web Server and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP)
  • Red Hat Gluster Storage and Red Hat Ceph Storage
  • Red Hat OpenStack Platform
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform\

This collaboration is aimed at enabling developers to more easily create and deploy applications using .NET-based systems running on both Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms accessing services provided by open source technologies also running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Recent announcements of Microsoft’s SQL Server database and .NET Core application environments on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as well as, expanding the collaboration to help enterprises more easily adopt containers further demonstrate the strong alignment between the two companies.

Deploying these solutions to Azure means that you get coordinated support from a blended team of Microsoft and Red Hat engineers. These engineers are co-located in several regions, with a goal of providing a simplified and coordinated escalation and resolution process across the technology stack.

From a business and operations perspective, the Red Hat Cloud Access program enables Red Hat’s customers to use current product subscriptions in Azure. This helps simplify the subscription process and provides a consolidated management of Red Hat and Microsoft resources.

Rackspace hearts both Microsoft and Red Hat

I heard someone describe Microsoft and Red Hat as a very odd couple and that the addition of Rackspace was even odder. And yet when you consider the strengths of each organization, it makes perfect sense.

In addition to being one of the leading managed service providers in the public cloud space, Rackspace has relationships with both Microsoft and Red Hat. We employ thousands of support and operations engineers that are fluent in Microsoft and Red Hat technologies. And we bring a wealth of experience and expertise to large-scale management of these platforms.

In Rightscale’s 2017 State of the Cloud report, the top three issues facing customers moving to the cloud are:

  • Lack of resources and expertise
  • Security
  • Managing cloud spend

Rackspace provides the expertise in the form of our Fanatical Support teams and provides targeted security support through our Managed Security offering. In addition, we provide insights into cloud resource usage and optimization guidance based on that usage.

And our close relationship with both Microsoft and Red Hat give us the unique ability to offer a highly integrated management approach for customers using both companies’ technologies. From architecting and designing systems to day-to-day operations, Rackspace works to tie together the Microsoft and Red Hat solutions in a holistic manner.

Take the next step

To assist with that, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Rackspace have collaborated to create a promotional credit to apply to Microsoft Azure environments that are purchased through Rackspace. You will receive a credit when provisioning a new Red Hat virtual machine and committing to a 12-months term for Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Contact us to start the conversation.

Kent has been delivering IT solutions in multiple industries for more than 30 years. For the past decade, he has been focused on using cloud technologies as a means of IT transformation. Follow Kent on Twitter at @kentkingery.


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