Big Blue and Microsoft team up for Mix 'n' Match cloud offerings

Microsoft and IBM have forged a partnership allowing their software solutions to run on their respective clouds

IBM and Microsoft are entering a partnership, with the former integrating its middleware software solutions into the latter’s cloud offering.

IBM will now be able to run its enterprise software solutions, such as DB2 database and WebSphere Application Server, on VMs in Azure. In return, Microsoft will get an injection of users operating on the Azure platform.

Big Blue’s cloud customers will also have access to the likes of Windows Server and SQL Server.

“Together we are creating new opportunities to drive innovation in hybrid cloud,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, Software and Cloud Solutions Group, IBM. “This agreement reinforces IBM’s strategy in providing open cloud technology for the enterprise. Clients will now gain unprecedented access to IBM’s leading middleware and will have an even greater level of choice over the tools that they use to build and deploy their cloud environments.”

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft, said that the partnership would create new opportunities to drive innovation in hybrid cloud.

“This agreement reinforces IBM’s strategy in providing open cloud technology for the enterprise. Clients will now gain unprecedented access to IBM’s leading middleware and will have an even greater level of choice over the tools that they use to build and deploy their cloud environments.”

The two giants are also providing .NET runtimes in IBM Bluemix, opening up opportunities for .NET developers to build applications on IBM’s cloud platform. According to a spokesperson, the roll out will start with a limited preview of the .NET/Bluemix collaboration.

 

 

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