Red Hat Linux from now on Azure platform

Microsoft is going to offer the Red Hat version of Linux on its Azure cloud platform. The cooperation was announced on Wednesday. Azure could already be used with Linux, but now Red Hats Enterprise Linux is offered as the most important option. Customers can run their own Red Hat virtual machines, just like applications such as JBoss Web Server and OpenShift

Microsoft is going to offer the Red Hat version of Linux on its Azure cloud platform. The cooperation was announced on Wednesday.

Azure could already be used with Linux, but now Red Hats Enterprise Linux is offered as the most important option. Customers can run their own Red Hat virtual machines, just like applications such as JBoss Web Server and OpenShift.

Microsoft and Red Hat together will help customers with support.

It is a remarkable collaboration, since former CEO Steve Ballmer once described Linux as a 'cancer'.