Red Hat, Microsoft Partner On Server Virtualization
First, the official news. According to a Red Hat press release (paraphrased a bit here...):
Red Hat and Microsoft are partnering on server virtualization. The move provides some clear benefits to customers and partners — but could also help Red Hat to shake the perception that Novell’s SUSE Linux is the best Linux for Windows-related consolidation projects. Here’s the scoop, from The VAR Guy.
First, the official news. According to a Red Hat press release (paraphrased a bit here…):
Red Hat and Microsoft have signed reciprocal agreements to enable increased interoperability for the companies’ virtualization platforms. Each company will join the other’s virtualization validation/certification program and will provide coordinated technical support for their mutual server virtualization customers. The reciprocal validations will allow customers to deploy heterogeneous, virtualized Red Hat and Microsoft solutions with confidence.
As a result:
- Red Hat will validate Windows Server guests to be supported on Red Hat Enterprise virtualization technologies.
- Microsoft will validate Red Hat Enterprise Linux server guests to be supported on Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.
- Once each company completes testing, customers with valid support agreements will receive coordinated technical support for running Windows Server operating system virtualized on Red Hat Enterprise virtualization, and for running Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualized on Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.
Red Hat’s Hidden Motivation: Countering Novell
At first glance, this is a significant win for Red Hat and Microsoft’s mutual customers and partners. But The VAR Guy thinks Novell’s close relationship with Microsoft forced Red Hat to the negotiating table.
In recent quarters, Novell’s SUSE Linux sales have enjoyed roughly 30 percent year-over-year growth. One reason: Some CIOs believe the tight, ongoing Microsoft-Novell relationship postions Windows Server and SUSE Linux as an ideal combo for server consolidation projects.
By partnering with Microsoft on server virtualization, Red Hat can potentially reestablish its own Linux as the best Linux for Windows-oriented integration projects.