Microsoft showcases SQL Server, .NET Core on Red Hat Enterprise Linux deliverables

Microsoft is readying SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and is making .NET Core 1.0 and ASP.NET Core 1.0 generally available today, as promised.

Microsoft officials are showcasing some of the new fruits of its partnership with Red Hat at this week's Red Hat Summit in San Francisco.


On Thursday, Microsoft execs will demonstrate SQL Server on Linux running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the coming SQL Server on Linux offering will be available by mid-2017. The current private SQL Server on Linux preview runs on Ubuntu only. But Microsoft execs did say earlier this year that SQL Server on Linux -- a subset of SQL Server 2016 on Windows -- will work on multiple Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Microsoft officials also noted that Red Hat is now supporting .NET Core 1.0 running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Today, June 27, just so happens to be the promised general availability date for Microsoft's .NET Core 1.0 and ASP.NET Core 1.0.

For those needing a quick refresher, .NET Core 1.0 is the technology formerly known as .NET 5 and ASP.NET Core 1.0 is what previously was known as ASP.NET 5. Earlier this year, Microsoft renamed the two products, and separated availability of the libraries/runtimes and tooling. (Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 is out today, too, and required for .NET Core 1.0 RTM.)

At Red Hat Summit today, Microsoft officials also announced availability of a new Azure Resource Manager template on GitHub "that will make it simple to deploy Red Hat's OpenShift on Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Azure, so developers can quickly develop, host, and scale applications in Azure with Red Hat's self-service, container-based platform," according to Microsoft's June 27 blog post.

Up until November 2015, Red Hat was noticeably absent from the list of Linux distributions that Microsoft supported on Azure. (Others already there 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 -- on November 4.