Red Hat, Microsoft Expand Partnership Simplifies Containers for Enterprises

Red Hat is committing to add more support for Windows Server and Azure with its container platform extended to now support Enterprise customers.

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Microsoft and Red Hat expanding their partnership with new initiatives around container support making it easier for enterprises to adopt containers by adding native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Azure and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as OpenShift, the two companies announced Tuesday.

With today's announcement, "a customer running OpenShift can use Linux and Windows containers together in a single cluster," writes the team. More specifically, they can use .NET Core 2.0 in a container on OpenShift, and SQL Server on either operating system and OpenShift, either on Microsoft Azure or in their own datacenters.

These additions to the joint roadmap simplify container technologies to help enterprise customers become more agile and to digitally transform using hybrid cloud.

Both the companies also extending the integrated, co-located Microsoft and Red Hat support to enable these new offerings across platforms. "Linux to our joint roadmap, and extending the integrated, co-located support that has been a signature of our partnership," the team said.

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Azure Network Watcher introduces Connectivity Check preview, enabling fast diagnosis of network connectivity performance issues when using virtual machines in the cloud. "Diagnosing network connectivity and performance issues in the cloud can be a challenge as your network evolves in complexity," writes program manager.

Azure Network Watcher Connectivity Check helps reduce the time needed to find and detect connectivity issues in the infrastructure. With this new feature, "the results returned can provide valuable insights as to whether a connectivity issue is due to a platform or a potential user configuration."

It can be used from the Azure portal via PowerShell, Azure CLI and REST API.

Azure Network Watcher Connectivity Check access from Azure portal
Connectivity Check access from Azure portal