Microsoft launch cloud partnership with Dell and VMWare

Dell announced a new partnership with Microsoft and VMWare (of which Dell is a majority owner) at their annual user conference in Las Vegas today.

The partnership would allow Microsoft’s Azure customers to use VMware’s virtualization software to manage their IT operations in Azure.

VMWare has a similar deal with Amazon’s AWS service and the partnership would allow companies to easily transfer from Amazon to Microsoft’s service.

Microsoft has previously used a VMWare clone to manage VMWare’s software on Azure, creating a friction between the two companies, but they appeared to have made peace now.

“It’s been a journey, but I think a journey that has ended up in a fantastic space,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of its cloud computing unit.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said their customers were increasingly using Azure, and there was a demand for them to work directly with Microsoft.

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

Dell said the Azure and VMware services are now available in the U.S. and will become more widely available in the coming months.

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