Microsoft already partnered with SAP and Oracle on its cloud-computing platform. Why not toss in the fourth player in the Big Four?
IBM is the latest partner in Microsoft's enterprise software layer, a deal that includes:
- IBM and Microsoft making IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure
- Windows Server and SQL Server being offered on IBM Cloud
- IBM and Microsoft working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform
Microsoft Azure welcomes the business.
The news announced yesterday comes five months after Microsoft officials said SAP will certify a number of its business applications to run on Microsoft Azure, including SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solution, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) and the developer edition of the SAP HANA platform.
And about a year and a half ago, Oracle jumped into the Microsoft Azure cloud.