Microsoft Announced a Trio of Features on Azure

By CIOReview | Monday, February 29, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Offering more open choice and flexibility in cloud deployments to its potential clients, Microsoft has published new features on Azure. Attracting more Red Hat customers, Red Hat Enterprise Linux images are now available in the Azure Marketplace with Azure Container Service and a new application lifecycle manager OneOps. “With this release, we are delivering on the joint partnership announcement we made in November,” said Microsoft.

Available in Azure Marketplace on a Pay-as-you-go model with hourly billing, instances can be rapidly and seamlessly deployed for on-demand workloads, dev-test, and cloud bursting by the Red Hat and Microsoft customers. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and 7.2 images can be deployed directly from the Azure Marketplace in all regions, except China and US Government. Entitled products include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Server, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage and Red Hat OpenShift.

Running containers in the cloud demands a distributed environment across multiple hosts. Built on previous Docker and Mesosphere initiatives the Azure container service makes it easier to provision clusters of Azure Virtual Machines onto containerized applications. Further, the overall process will be a lot quicker as the machines are pre-configured with open source components. Currently the preview of Azure container service is available for everyone.

Microsoft has also introduced OneOps, the cloud application and lifecycle management platform in partnership with Walmart and their WalmartLabs team. “At Walmart, we are excited about Azure’s support for OneOps as it enables easy deployment on to Azure’s hyper-scale public cloud while continuing to use OpenStack for our private cloud,” said Brian Johnson, Sr. Director, @Platform. “The combination of OneOps and Azure's Linux images allows us to deploy on to Azure with 100% open source products,” he added.