Microsoft launch cloud partnership with Dell and VMWare

Microsoft and VMware unveil new cloud service that lets VMware customers run their apps on Azure

Microsoft and VMware unveil new cloud service that lets VMware customers run their apps on Azure

Dell and Microsoft announced today that the two companies are burying the hatchet with respect to previous virtualization squabbles, and have inked an "expanded partnership" with their respective VMware and Azure platforms. VMware is majority owned by Dell Technologies.

Additionally, joint Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customers will be able to manage Office 365 across devices via cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. "Customers can also take advantage of unmatched Azure pricing and benefits for Windows Server and SQL Server hosted on Azure VMware Solutions including Azure Hybrid Benefits and free Extended Security Updates". This integration will provide additional technology choices for customers as they accelerate their digital transformation.

"We're thrilled about the partnership and we're excited about getting this into the hands of customers to get them into hybrid cloud", Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive officer, said at Dell Technologies Inc.'s annual user conference in Las Vegas, alongside Michael Dell and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.

"Simply put, customers are asking us to do more together", Gelsinger said.

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Microsoft and Dell have become further entrenched in their OEM and software partnership that now includes native support, and certified VMware experiences on Microsoft Azure.

By integrating with native Azure services, customers can also combine capabilities such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things into their applications.

Azure VMware Solutions will operate as first-party services from Microsoft developed in collaboration with VMware Cloud Verified partners CloudSimple and Virtustream, a Dell Technologies company.

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