Red Hat and Microsoft Work Together to Have Interoperable Virtualization Platforms–Battlefield in Enterprise Computing is Shifting

Red Hat announced a few days back that they have signed an interoperability agreement with Microsoft. Under the agreement both companies will allow operating systems from one to run on the hypervisors of the other.

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“The world of IT today is a mixture of virtualized and non-virtualized environments. Red Hat is looking to help our customers extend more rapidly into virtualized environments, including mixed Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows Server environments,” said Mike Evans, vice president, Corporate Development at Red Hat. “Red Hat listened when our customers asked us to provide interoperability between our respective guest and host virtualization solutions. We are excited to announce these agreements today as the result of our collaboration with Microsoft.”

Now from a technical standpoint–this news isn’t much, but it is significant for the enterprise end user and partner channels as this would put the resources of both companies in testing, validation and support for each other’s operating systems when
running on each other’s server virtualization hypervisors. As part of the deal, Microsoft is now a partner in Red Hat’s
virtualization certification program, and Red Hat has joined
Microsoft’s server virtualization validation program.

Clearly this piece of news shows that virtualization technology is now mainstream, and shows customers are putting enough pressure on the big vendors to set aside market place rivalry and philosophical differences to meet their needs. Customers are now running heterogenous or mixed operating system environments. Long term this also shows that the importance of the operating system is becoming less and less, and the battle will move on to the next level up the stack–in Middleware. In Red Hat’s case its Jboss and for Microsoft its .NET (Microsoft supports Novell’s efforts to support .NET in non-Windows environments). Also the battle is now being moved to another front–this time away from the enterprise data center and standardized, big iron machines and into the Internet cloud of commodity, virtualized heterogenous systems.

Welcome to the new world of computing!

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