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 license for IBM software, you can take advantage of the on-demand infrastructure scaling provided by Azure to quickly start a virtual machine.
Navigate to the Microsoft Azure classic portal—a modern, web-based experience where you can manage and configure all of your Azure services. From the New menu at the bottom of the portal, select Everything. You’ll have the option to select from a library of preconfigured virtual machine images. Select the appropriate IBM software image from this list and click Create to continue through the virtual machine creation process.
Here, you’ll have the ability to configure your new virtual machine by providing a unique name, selecting the size of the virtual machine, and providing a username and password. Make sure to note your username and password, since you’ll need these later to connect to your virtual machine. After providing your configuration settings, click Create.
After a few minutes, your virtual machine will be provisioned. To view the status, click Browse, then Virtual Machines. Click the three dots next to your new virtual machine, then click Connect. Next, enter the username and password that you provided when creating the virtual machine. You’ll then be directly connected through Remote Desktop into your new virtual machine, which will be running the IBM software you selected.
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 licenses 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, according to 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 you will be fully supported by IBM and Microsoft.