Few years back a news like Linux support in Microsoft platform would have surprised many. But in the context of the Windows Azure platform, this really makes sense and offers flexibility for customers.
Windows Azure had official offerings of Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise etc, and as per Microsoft’s data, more than 20% of their VMs in cloud platform runs Linux. However Red Hat Linux wasn’t offered until last month.
Finally RHEL is officially supported in Windows Azure from 18th Feb. Microsoft has partnered with Red Hat that lets Azure customers move on-premise RHEL subscriptions to Azure and provide enterprise class support.
The screen capture below shows the default RHEL VM offerings currently available in Azure.