Red Hat & Microsoft: Virtualizing Together

Posted by on February 19, 2009

Red Hat and Microsoft?? Working together??? Yes, you heard correctly. The two leading and competing providers of operating environments deployed by enterprises are coming together due to customer demand.

Red Hat announced recently that it has “signed reciprocal agreements with Microsoft Corporation to enable increased interoperability for the companies’ virtualization platforms”.

“Each company will join the other’s virtualization validation/certification program and will provide coordinated technical support for their mutual server virtualization customers. The reciprocal validations will allow customers to deploy heterogeneous, virtualized Red Hat and Microsoft solutions with confidence.”

“The key components of the reciprocal agreements are:

  • Red Hat will validate Windows Server guests to be supported on Red Hat Enterprise virtualization technologies.
  • Microsoft will validate Red Hat Enterprise Linux server guests to be supported on Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.
  • Once each company completes testing, customers with valid support agreements will receive coordinated technical support for running Windows Server operating system virtualized on Red Hat Enterprise virtualization, and for running Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualized on Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.”

More information can be found at

This just goes to show that Red Hat and Microsoft CAN work together under one roof, or at least one virtualized environment…….


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