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Try IBM software on Azure

IBM software, including WebSphere and MQ, is now Microsoft Azure Certified and available in the Microsoft Azure classic portal. What’s it in for you? With a licence for IBM software, you can take advantage of the on-demand infrastructure scaling provided by Azure to quickly start a virtual machine.

Here’s how in three simple steps

IBM delivers

IBM and Microsoft now provide best-in-class, end-to-end support for customers running mission-critical IBM software on Azure. You can use IBM software licences provided by Microsoft, which are pre-installed in virtual machine images, with pay-per-use pricing. Or, if you already own IBM software, you can install it yourself on an Azure virtual machine, in accordance with IBM policy. You now have increased flexibility and choice as to where to deploy your applications, as well as the safety and security that come from knowing that you will be fully supported by IBM and Microsoft.

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IBM DB2 Advanced
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IBM MQ V8.0.0.1
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IBM WebSphere
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    • For customers who use the licence included with virtual machine images published by Microsoft Open Technologies, Microsoft will provide support for the Azure service. IBM will provide online forum support for IBM software.
    • In order to receive support for Azure, customers must purchase an Azure support offering.
    • IBM and Microsoft are working together to create a new support offering that will enable customers to get technical support online and over the phone directly from IBM. This offering will be available in early 2015.
    • For customers who bring their own licences to Microsoft Azure, IBM will continue to deliver support directly, in the same way as when those licences were deployed on customers’ premises.
    • Yes. Microsoft Open Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, has published licence-included virtual machine images with key IBM software pre-installed. Customers can take advantage of these virtual machines to use the included IBM software in a “pay-per-use” fashion.
    • Effective immediately, IBM has updated its policies to allow customers to bring their own licence to Microsoft Azure by installing supported IBM software on a virtual machine in Azure. For more information, you can visit IBM’s policy page here.