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PCMAN – The Linux war that Microsoft former CEO Steve Ballmer started more than a decade ago has finally come to an end. Microsoft announced their new partnership with Red Hat in early November, giving Red Hat—the biggest Linux provider—a starring role on Microsoft’s cloud computing service, Azure.
Microsoft has had Linux computer servers on Azure for a couple of years, but have never supported their archenemy, Red Hat. Instead, Microsoft was offering competitive versions of Red Hat’s products such as OpenSuse, Canonical Ubuntu and CentOS. The company started supporting Linux on Azure in 2012, and currently, 25 percent of all Azure instances run Linux. The company even revealed that behind the scene, they needed a custom version of Linux to help run Azure.
With more Azure customers wanting to use the most popular version of Linux, which is Red Hat’s software, Microsoft has decided to begin this partnership. The new partnership will expand support for running “hybrid clouds”, on top of additional services and facilities to support Red Hat users using Azure.
According to Paul Cormier, Red Hat’s president of product and technology, the business reason for this partnership is caused by Red Hat’s users at large companies, who tend to mix different technologies such as Linux and Microsoft. They want those technologies to communicate with each other.
Apparently Red Hat and Microsoft has linked arms before in 2009 to ensure the compatibility between their virtual machinate technologies. The deal followed a controversial partnership between Microsoft and Novell in 2006 that prevented SUSE Linux users from Microsoft’s lawsuits.
However, it is heartwarming to witness Microsoft’s relationship with the open source community have gradually improved since then. They also has reconciled with Salesforce, Box, and many others. Even Scott Guthrie, Microsoft vice president of cloud and enterprise admitted that this is the first time Microsoft has “co-located” support teams with another company.
The information technology world has changed and this partnership has clearly marked a new, clean page for Microsoft and Linux’s relationship, despite its gloomy past. Say goodbye to the long patent infringement battles, and say hello to the warm, fuzzy Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella.