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October 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Microsoft and IBM to provide their enterprise software on each other’s clouds

Microsoft and IBM announced Wednesday that they’re working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.

According to a news release from the companies, the partnership means:

* IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure.
* Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud.
* IBM and Microsoft are working 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.

Microsoft has become increasingly open to partnering with competitors and making its offerings cross-platform, especially with the ascension of Satya Nadella to the CEO post in February. Most recently at a cloud-focused event this week, Nadella stressed that Microsoft was building its cloud platform, Azure, to work with competitors’ offerings.

The IBM partnership follows on the heels of partnerships announced earlier with rivals such as Salesforce.com and Oracle.

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