.NET Developers May Be IBM's Big Prize in New Cloud Deal With Microsoft
IBM and Microsoft announced a major cloud computing partnership featuring Microsoft Azure and the IBM Cloud, but the biggest deal for Big Blue could be access to .NET developers on Bluemix.With a newly announced partnership with Microsoft, IBM has struck another milestone cloud deal with an industry leader as the company continues to build out its cloud infrastructure and make its mark in the competitive cloud space. IBM and Microsoft announced that they are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. The two IT giants said as adoption of hybrid cloud computing accelerates, this relationship will give clients, partners and developers more choice in the cloud. Specifically for developers this Microsoft announcement opens the door for millions of .NET developers to join IBM Bluemix -- IBM's Platform as a Service (PaaS) that Big Blue has invested $1 billion. Bluemix is designed to help developers connect enterprise applications and data to the cloud. Under the new agreement, IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform. Gaining access to the millions of .NET developers could be huge for IBM and its emerging Bluemix platform. The companies will begin with a limited preview offering of .NET operating within Bluemix.
Today approximately 18 percent of developers create cloud-based applications, and that number is expected to rise to 67 percent or 12 million by 2019, according to Evans Research.
“Microsoft is committed to helping enterprise customers realize the tremendous benefits of cloud computing across their own systems, partner clouds and Microsoft Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft, in a statement. “With this agreement more customers will be able to take advantage of the hyper-scale, enterprise performance and hybrid capabilities of Azure.” The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds, helping customers avoid extra cost. Microsoft will also offer IBM middleware software licenses, such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ and DB2, to Azure customers with pay-per-use pricing. 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. IBM’s SoftLayer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform currently provides and supports a wide range of Microsoft software, including Windows Server, Hyper-V, WebMatrix, Windows Firewall, SQL Server and others.