Tuesday, 17th February 2009, 15:55:27
Software giant Microsoft has agreed a deal with open source technology provider Red Hat that will see the two firms validating each other's server operating systems on their own virtualisation platforms.
The landmark technical support agreement will enable customers to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux - an open source software - on Windows applications smoothly.
"There are no financial clauses beyond simple certification testing fees. These are straightforward certification and validation agreements," said Red Hat platform business vice-president Scott Crenshaw on his blog.
He added that customers will gain "new levels" of support, interoperability and compatibility as a result of the collaboration.
The move is seen as an attempt by Microsoft to make a belated entry into the virtualisation world and to challenge the dominance of VMware in the sector.
Earlier this month, VMware won the InfoWorld technology of the year award for its Workstation 6.5 product.
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