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Red Hat will enable users to run .NET applications and SQL Server on its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service cloud

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Red Hat, the leading enterprise Linux company, announced on March 5th that it’s bringing Microsoft .NET and SQL Server capabilities to its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service cloud. What’s even more surprising is that Red Hat is doing this without Microsoft’s help.

Instead, Red Hat is doing this by collaborating with Uhuru Software to bring Microsoft .NET and SQL Server capabilities to OpenShift. This is being done as an open-source, community-driven effort in OpenShift Origin. Origin is the upstream community project behind Red Hat’s commercial OpenShift Online service and OpenShift Enterprise product.

Uhuru was founded just over two years ago by veteran ex-Microsoft executives: former vice president Jawad Khaki and former general manager Jawaid Ekram. They are self-proclaimed experts in bringing Windows to Open Source PaaS.

According to Uhuru, “OpenShift users can now use the same tools they love for managing their Linux apps with .NET. Likewise, Windows users can now take advantage of the powerful OpenShift environment for rapidly deploying, managing, and scaling their applications without sacrificing compatibility or functionality of the .NET platform they know.

This OpenShift integration software for Windows is open source and it’s being integrated into Origin.

Uhuru claims to have done a thorough implementation of the OpenShift environment on Windows and used native C# code wherever possible for maximum reliability and compatibility. Thus, its Windows Server instances are a fully functional OpenShift node managed via SSH — just like Linux nodes.

The company also claims to have built cartridges for .NET and Microsoft SQL Server .NET applications benefit from the auto-scaling capabilities of OpenShift and can easily ramp up capacity by provisioning additional gears just as any other OpenShift app. Communication between the OpenShift broker and Windows node are done by using a Ruby-based client.

This isn’t the first time Uhuru has brought .NET functionality to a PaaS. In 2011, the company started offering .Net Services for Cloud Foundry, which allowed developers to move existing .Net apps to the VMware cloud with no modifications.

Source: Associated Press

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