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IBM i & AIX now available on Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS Clouds


From the start of this year there have been a few announcements that came across my desk and caught my attention about IBM i, AIX and Linux being available on Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS Clouds, and I thought I would condense them down and show them here. Why? Because as more organisations adopt a multi cloud strategy, enterprises are in search of the right cloud to best suit business, and application needs, while avoiding vendor lock-in.  GARTNER predicts by 2021 over 75% of midsize and large organisations will have adopted a multi-cloud and/or hybrid IT strategy.

Below are links to a few press releases that relate to the opportunities of running your IBM i in the cloud.

In September this year Skytap and Microsoft announced their collaboration to bring native support for IBM POWER Systems to Azure data centres. As part of the new offering Microsoft will install POWER9 servers in an Azure data centre and Skytap will manage the IBM i, AIX, and Linux environments on behalf of clients. See full press release here

Another announcement about collaboration I think you’ll find of interest; Connectria, a global leader in cloud services, announced recently, the launch of four new services that allow businesses to run IBM I and AIX works loads alongside in Microsoft Azure, and Amazon webservices (AWS). Read the full announcement here

Want to know the difference between IBM Cloud, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure? Then look a look at this great article from IBM Developers back in 2018, that answers some of those questions.

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