More and more open technologies are finding their place in Microsoft’s cloud offering. Now users can also use the most important enterprise Linux distribution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in Azure.
Microsoft now also supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on the Azure cloud platform. Azure’s RHEL images have been extensively tested and verified , according to Red Hat . Red Hat’s ISV partners can use it to run RHEL certified applications in the Azure cloud.
Currently, Azure RHEL versions 6.7 and 7.2 are available worldwide. Exceptions are China and US Government. As announced in November , users benefited from fully integrated, shared support from Microsoft and Red Hat. Those who sign up for a Red Hat subscription through the Azure Marketplace also have direct access to the Red Hat customer portal.
For example, in the US region , Microsoft charges $ 0.0506 per hour for a RHEL virtual machine and up to four cores. For more than four cores, $ 0.1097 per hour will be due. Alternatively, customers also have the option of using their own RHEL image license (BYOL) and using Red Hat Cloud Access to migrate their Red Hat subscription to Microsoft Azure.
Red Hat is also available as dedicated instances through Amazon Web Services .
In parallel, Microsoft announced the general availability of a preview of its Azure Container Service (ACS) announced at the end of September . This is a planning and orchestration service developed jointly with Mesosphere and Docker Inc, bringing together Apache Mesos, the open-source cluster management system, and Docker and Azure container management systems.
Until now , interested parties have only been able to access the ACS-Preview by e-mail registration since the beginning of December .
“Azure Container Service allows you to create and manage a cluster of virtual machines that act as container hosts and, together with a number of ‘master’ machines, orchestrate application containers,” says Microsoft. The goal of the collaboration with Docker and Mesophere is a production-ready container service based on Docker, Apache Mesos and open source components of Mesopheres Datacenter Operating System (DCOS).
Mesospheres DCOS allows users to manage virtualized or non-virtualized data centers as if they were one big machine. To do this, it creates a single flexible resource pool from which all applications can draw.
Docker is an open source engine for the automated delivery of applications. It uses containers instead of virtual machines to allow parallel execution of multiple applications on the same server. IBM, Rackspace and Google, as well as leading Linux distributors such as Canonical and Red Hat, already provide support for Docker. Microsoft has allowed the running of Docker applications on Azure Linux since June.