Microsoft has signed a deal with Red Hat to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.\n\nFor a very long time Microsoft kept Red Hat out of Azure while signing cozy deals with Canonical. But under Satya Nadella, Microsoft is embracing what its customers want. The company has repeatedly said that more than 20% of Azure virtual machines today are Linux and if these customers are running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Microsoft has to offer what customers want.\n\n\nMicrosoft and Red Hat will also work together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.\n\n\nSome of the key elements of this partnership are:\n\n\nRed Hat solutions available natively to Microsoft Azure customers. In the coming weeks, Microsoft Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, enabling customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure. Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers will be able to bring their own virtual machine images to run in Microsoft Azure.\nMicrosoft Azure customers can also take advantage of the full value of Red Hat\u2019s application platform, including Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat JBoss Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage and OpenShift, Red Hat\u2019s platform-as-a-service offering. In the coming months, Microsoft and Red Hat plan to provide Red Hat On-Demand \u2014 \u201cpay-as-you-go\u201d Red Hat Enterprise Linux images available in the Azure Marketplace, supported by Red Hat.\nIntegrated enterprise-grade support spanning hybrid environments. Customers will be offered cross-platform, cross-company support spanning the Microsoft and Red Hat offerings in an integrated way, unlike any previous partnership in the public cloud. By co-locating support teams on the same premises, the experience will be simple and seamless, at cloud speed.\nUnified workload management across hybrid cloud deployments. Red Hat CloudForms will interoperate with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, offering Red Hat CloudForms customers the ability to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure. Support for managing Azure workloads from Red Hat CloudForms is expected to be added in the next few months, extending the existing System Center capabilities for managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux.\nCollaboration on .NET for a new generation of application development capabilities. Expanding on the preview of .NET on Linux announced by Microsoft in April, developers will have access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, jointly backed by Microsoft and Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.