Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat's container application platform, is built from Kubernetes and meant to support both Linux and Windows workloads in a single platform. This capability, which Red Hat demonstrated in May 2017, will be available as a technology preview in Spring 2018 with Windows Server support.
Until late 2015, Red Hat was noticeably absent from the list of Linux distributions that Microsoft supported on Azure. (Others already there at that time included Ubuntu, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE.) Microsoft and Red Hat ended up finally announcing a deal -- which involved a patent agreement between the two companies -- in November 2015.
Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Azure will be available in early 2018. And SQL Server for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift, which will be jointly supported by the two companies, will be generally available this Fall, Microsoft officials said today.
Microsoft is adding Red Hat Enterprise Linux to the list of Linux distributions supported natively on its Azure cloud platform. The pair are collaborating on middleware and developer technologies, as well.