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IBM, Microsoft sign new cloud collaboration pact

October 22, 2014  

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IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced today that they are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.

The new agreement will see:

* IBM and Microsoft make IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure.

* Windows Server and SQL Server be offered on IBM Cloud.

* IBM and Microsoft work together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform.

To support hybrid cloud deployments, IBM will expand support of its software running on Windows Server Hyper-V, and the companies plan to make IBM Pure Application Service available on Azure.

In addition, the two say they will “make key products within IBM’s enterprise-proven middleware software portfolio, including WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ and DB2 database software, available in the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines service for development and production deployment.”

Microsoft and IBM are currently working together to provide .NET runtimes, along with relevant tooling, in IBM Bluemix, IBM’s open cloud platform-as-a-service.

The companies also plan to make IBM Pure Application Service available on both Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer for automated deployment, configuration and license management in a hybrid cloud environment.

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