Why Red Hat is extending management support to Microsoft private and public clouds

Today, Red Hat announced an unprecedented partnership with Microsoft, focused on mutually supporting a number of technologies and platforms. Among others, we announced the upcoming support of Microsoft Azure and System Center in our cloud management platform CloudForms.

Over the past 18 months, I’ve seen Microsoft’s public cloud evolve and mature, and the market interest grow, to the point that supporting Azure side by side with Amazon Web Services has been the number one request from many of our enterprise customers planning to, or currently building a hybrid cloud. These customers are demanding a single pane of management glass to consistently orchestrate the lifecycle of their applications across the two leading cloud platforms.

We are working hard to satisfy that demand, not only because it’s the best for our customers, but also because it aligns with one of the core principles shaping Red Hat Management portfolio: multi-vendor support.

CloudForms can already orchestrate and govern a broad range of server virtualization and private IaaS cloud engines from multiple vendors, not just Red Hat. This agreement with Microsoft extends our range to Microsoft cloud offerings. As we said for the Ansible acquisition, our enterprise customers have complex heterogeneous IT environments and don’t want IT organizations to create redundant management silos, or embrace single vendor stacks if it’s not the best for their business.

Red Hat aims to be our customer’s most trusted business partner in their journey to cloud computing. The first step has been recognizing that there’s no single cloud technology, product, platform, or vendor that can solve all problems in the most efficient way. Now, the second step is to enable our customers to consume the cloud technologies that fit their business goals and corporate culture in the most frictionless way.

This is what you should expect from us as result of today’s announcement: an easy and streamlined approach to manage workloads deployed across Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and VMware vSphere, and of course Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

This seamless management will extend to all CloudForms capabilities, including self-service provisioning and lifecycle management, policy-based orchestration, show back and chargeback, configuration management and drift analysis, capacity planning and reporting.

There are many more steps we plan to take to fully enable an enterprise hybrid cloud. Expect big things from Red Hat.

Alessandro Perilli
GM, Management Strategy