Microsoft announces more open options and choice on Microsoft Azure

Microsoft today made new announcements providing customers with more open choice and flexibility for cloud deployments on Microsoft Azure.

A.    Red Hat Enterprise Linux available in Azure marketplace
Customers can now deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances from the Azure Marketplace. Using these instances, customers of both Microsoft and Red Hat will now be able to rapidly and seamlessly deploy instances for on-demand workloads, dev-test, and cloud bursting – all with the simplicity, scalability, agility and unique per-minute billing of Azure. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and 7.2 images are now live in all regions, except China and US Government, and can be deployed from the Azure Marketplace.

B.     Azure Container Service preview broadly available 
Azure Container Service builds on Microsoft’s previous work with Docker and Mesosphere to provision clusters of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) onto which containerized applications can be deployed, orchestrated and provisioned – making it easier to create and manage clusters of Azure VMs pre-configured with open source components. Now in public review, Azure Container Service can be trialed here.

C.     More choice for management and deployment across multiple clouds
Partnering with Walmart and their WalmartLabs team, Microsoft is enabling OneOps on Azure, which offers an open-source cloud and application lifecycle management platform. Available from today, OneOps in combination with Red Hat Enterprise Linux images allows organizations to deploy to Azure with 100% open source products. 

One company that is utilizing open source solutions on Azure to spark new ideas and take advantage of the agility of the cloud is Tokyo-based startup tritrue, which is responsible for a next-generation location centric search engine. You can read more about tritrue’s story here.  

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