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Use Red Hat products on Azure

Security, consistency, reliability: These are why enterprises trust Red Hat® solutions. They're also why enterprises turn to a public cloud like Microsoft Azure. It's only natural that customers want to unite the 2.

Now you can. Red Hat and Microsoft have teamed up to offer open hybrid cloud solutions on Azure. You can now launch Red Hat Enterprise Linux® directly from the Azure marketplace.

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This partnership is a powerful win for enterprises, ISVs and developers. With this partnership, we are expanding our commitment to offering unmatched choice and flexibility in the cloud today, meeting customers where they are so they can do more with their hybrid cloud deployments—all while fulfilling the rigorous security and scalability requirements that enterprises demand.

Scott Guthrie
Executive Vice President, Microsoft's Cloud + Enterprise division


Easy to get started

Use Red Hat Cloud Access to move your Red Hat subscriptions to Azure in 3 easy steps. Or launch a Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine (VM) directly on Azure.


Choice without complexity

Choose where to run your applications—in your datacenter and in the cloud—expanding your IT options without adding complexity.

Comprehensive support

Get global support across hybrid environments from Red Hat and Microsoft in 18 regions. Whether you run Red Hat products on premises or in Microsoft Azure, you'll get a consistent support experience.


New application development capabilities

Enterprise and independent software vendor (ISV) developers can target their apps developed on Microsoft .NET to infrastructure powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including Red Hat OpenShift.



Red Hat CloudForms now manages Azure VMs in addition to VMware, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). This lets you manage workloads across physical, virtual, and private and public clouds.



Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Microsoft Azure provides a consistent enterprise platform and application programming interfaces (APIs) for certified apps and containers, resulting in portability across physical, virtual, and private and public clouds.

What is

Cloud terms and technologies

What is open hybrid cloud?

Open hybrid cloud is an IT approach that uses standardized, interoperable, modular technology. You can create a unified environment that lets you take advantage of existing resources and be open to new advances.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure is a cloud platform from Microsoft. It includes compute, storage, data, networking, and application development tools in a combination of managed and unmanaged services that let you build, deploy, and manage apps any way you like.


Helping you embrace hybrid cloud computing

In November 2015, Red Hat and Microsoft partnered to give you great choice and flexibility for building, deploying, and managing applications across public and private clouds.

So far, we've announced:

Global support

Expert support, times 2

The combined expertise of Red Hat and Microsoft is automatically available when you use Red Hat products on Azure. You get consistent service no matter which company you contact for support. Best of all, you don't have to figure out whether the issue comes from Red Hat or Microsoft—we do that for you.

Related resources

You have questions. We have answers.

View our frequently asked questions to find out what the Red Hat and Microsoft partnership means for you.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux now available in the Azure Marketplace

Check out Microsoft's Openness blog for their latest announcement about Red Hat Enterprise Linux availability in the Azure Marketplace.

Creating and Uploading a Virtual Hard Disk that Contains the Linux Operating System

Find out how to create and upload a virtual hard disk so you can use it as your own image to create virtual machines in Azure.

Managing Hybrid Cloud: an IDC Whitepaper

Read IDC’s market insight on the dynamics and nuances of cloud adoption.

The datacenter is heterogeneous, and the cloud is hybrid. With Red Hat and the leader in enterprise cloud workloads joining forces, our customers are the winners today, as we unite on common solutions to help them solve challenges in the hybrid cloud. Together, we're offering the most comprehensive support agreement for our mixed technologies to support customers.

Paul Cormier
President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

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