Microsoft adds Red Hat Linux to Azure Marketplace

Open source instances join new Azure Container service and OneOps

Microsoft has added three products to its Azure cloud in a bid to extend choices for customers using Linux.

The firm said that Red Hat Enterprise Linux would now be available as an instance through its Azure Marketplace. As well as this, Microsoft launched its new application lifecycle manager, OneOps, and previewed its soon-to-be-launched Azure Container Service.

In a blog post, Corey Sanders, Azure’s director of program management, said that more than 60 per cent of Microsoft’s images were now Linux-based.

“Using these instances, customers of Red Hat and Microsoft will now be able to rapidly and seamlessly deploy instances for on-demand workloads, dev-test, and cloud bursting,” he said.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and 7.2 images are now live in all regions except China, and can be deployed directly from the Azure Marketplace. The images are available on a pay-as-you-go basis with per-minute billing.

He said that since the announcement of the partnership between Microsoft and Red Hat, there had been a “strong interest and momentum” looking to put Red Hat on Azure.

The firm also said that its Azure Container Service preview is available for everyone. Sanders said the service builds on work with Docker and Mesosphere to provision clusters of Azure Virtual Machines onto which containerised applications can be deployed, orchestrated, and managed.

“The Azure Container Service makes it easy to create and manage clusters of Azure Virtual Machines pre-configured with key open source components,” said Sanders.

“This work couples Azure's hyper-scale and enterprise-grade cloud with your choice of proven container technologies, Mesos + Mesosphere's Marathon or Docker Swarm, to deliver the foundation needed for the orchestration service any team or company building container apps will want."

Microsoft also lifted the lid on its OneOps offering on Azure. This gives clients the use of an open-source cloud and application lifecycle management platform, and is the result of a collaboration with the WalmartLabs team (which is part of US retail behemoth Walmart).