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Skytap Named a Microsoft Global ISV Partner

Global ISV status to enhance Skytap on Azure go-to-market and engineering collaboration with Microsoft to expand Skytap’s global reach and accelerate product development

Skytap, the industry-leading service to run traditional IBM Power workloads natively in the cloud, announced it has been named to the Microsoft Global Independent Software Vendor (GISV) Program. As a Microsoft GISV, Skytap gains access to increased engineering, go-to-market and sales enablement support to accelerate product development and global reach while providing incremental value to customers.

Skytap’s inclusion in the Microsoft GISV Program will improve usability for joint customers and give Microsoft partners better access to Skytap on Azure through deeper integrations between Skytap and Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing, and Engineering teams.

Skytap introduced Skytap on Azure in February of 2020, a cloud service resulting from a tight engineering collaboration between Skytap and Microsoft to enable organizations to run “cloud-stubborn” IBM i, AIX and Linux on Power workloads in Microsoft Azure without rewriting or replatforming. Migrating these workloads allows customers to extend application usage and modernize through access to Azure native services such as advanced analytics, AI & machine learning, and agile application development.

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“Not only can businesses more easily integrate traditional and Azure native applications once those traditional applications are in the cloud, but they can also extract more value from them with Azure native services.”

“We’re thrilled to be named a Microsoft Global ISV. Skytap gives organizations the ability to seamlessly run IBM Power workloads in Azure, opening up benefits like capacity on demand, self-service provisioning, high availability and disaster recovery,” said Brad Schick, CEO of Skytap. “Not only can businesses more easily integrate traditional and Azure native applications once those traditional applications are in the cloud, but they can also extract more value from them with Azure native services.” One such compelling customer use case is connecting data held within a Db2 database on IBM i to Azure Synapse to unlock insights on previously siloed data.

Use of the public cloud is accelerating and Skytap sees high demand for moving IBM Power systems to the cloud. One study from Panorama Data Insights estimates the global cloud computing market size is estimated to reach $211.47 billion in 2030. Furthermore, Gartner predicts that spending on public cloud services will grow 21.7% to reach $482 billion in 2022 and will exceed 45% of all enterprise IT spending by 2026.

Skytap’s expanded working relationship with Microsoft streamlines the process for joint customers to take advantage of Azure for their IBM Power workloads. Together, Skytap and Microsoft can meet customers wherever they are in the process of migrating to the cloud and help them proceed at their desired pace. A recent example of this is when SPAR South Africa swiftly migrated its IBM Power Systems to Skytap on Azure to ensure business continuity when civil unrest threatened the retailer’s data centers.

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