In what can be termed as a sign of things to come, leading Linux solution vendor Red Hat announced on Wednesday that its Enterprise Linux server operating system can be safely used with Microsoft Windows Server on the same computer using virtualisation.
Red Hat and Microsoft has a long history of been bitter rivals in the enterprise server market. The announcement of the cross certification by Red Hat comes as a welcome surprise to many customers who were looking run to operating systems from both the companies on a single virtual computing environment.
A major benefit of this development is the fact that companies which run server operating systems from both these companies on a virtual environment can now go to either company for receiving technical support.
Under the agreement, Red Hat will look to validate users running instances of Windows Server 2003, 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 for its Enterprise Linux 5.4 platform while Microsoft will go ahead and certify Red Hat Enterprise versions 5.2 to 5.4 for its Windows Server Hyper-V series systems.
Technology analysts see this arrangement between the two companies as a positive move forward which will offer a great deal of flexibility to organisations who at looking at virtualisation solutions for their businesses.
Hard to believe that a few years ago, Microsoft called Linux a cancer and that it is now working fully with the open source movement. Microsoft now has an Open source blog (Port25), a dedicated open source platform (Codeplex) and a much more productive approach towards the movement.
( The Register)