Red Hat has signed reciprocal agreements with Microsoft 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 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.
The agreements establish coordinated technical support for Microsoft and Red Hat’s mutual customers using server virtualization, and the activities included in these agreements do not require the sharing of IP. Therefore, the agreements do not include any patent or open source licensing rights, and additionally contain no financial clauses, other than industry-standard certification/validation testing fees.