Red Hat and Microsoft are now offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure for enterprise developers with Azure free accounts and for Visual Studio subscribers using the Azure cloud.

An Azure free account includes a $200 USD credit for the first 30 days for a combination of services, 12-months of popular free services, and more than 25 always-free services to learn and explore Azure further. And now, free account users can also deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux for development purposes.

Visual Studio subscriptions offer a comprehensive set of resources – tools, cloud services, software, training and support – to build, deploy and manage your applications. Visual Studio subscribers get a monthly Azure credit of up to $150 USD, which is ideal for learning about Azure services such as Virtual Machines, Storage, SQL Databases, and more. This credit can now be applied towards Red Hat Enterprise Linux usage for development and testing scenarios.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Azure provide a production-ready public cloud foundation. As the most deployed commercial Linux operating system in public clouds, Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers a stable, high-performance platform, with built-in security and manageability, for running cloud-based workloads. Now Red Hat Enterprise Linux developers have more options to explore the benefits of Azure using the same Linux distribution they use at work – another example of how Microsoft and Red Hat are simplifying cloud for the enterprise developers and delivering choice and flexibility.

Red Hat solutions running on Microsoft Azure can help you develop and launch applications quickly without deploying and configuring additional hardware. Developers can also seamlessly integrate traditional on-premises applications and cloud-native workloads with a consistent foundation for hybrid environments.And, Red Hat and Microsoft have worked together to fully support .NET in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, giving you more choice for your development platform.

Get started with an Azure free account today by launching Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a B1S VM and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!