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Microsoft and Kyndryl partner up to help move the cloud forward in enterprise

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft and Kyndryl announced a global strategic partnership this week.
  • This is Kyndryl's first major partnership since it split off from IBM.
  • Kyndryl and Microsoft will work together to deliver new solutions related to data modernization, AI, and cyber security.

Microsoft and Kyndryl announced (opens in new tab) a major partnership this week that will help enterprise organizations with cloud migration. Microsoft will become Kyndryl's only Premier Alliance Partner as part of the agreement. Kyndryl recently became an independent company after splitting from IBM, though the two companies continue to work together.

The two companies will accelerate hybrid cloud adoption, enable modern work experiences for customers, and support mission critical workloads by delivering solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud.

"As an independent company, we're investing in our partner ecosystem to support the success of our customers, and we're focused on expanding our market opportunity across cloud, data, security, and intelligent automation," said Kyndryl Chairman and CEO Martin Schroeter. "In this landmark relationship with Microsoft, Kyndryl is matching our deep expertise in mission-critical IT systems with the benefits of Microsoft Cloud to be at the heart of progress for our global customers."

Microsoft and Kyndryl will work together to create customer solutions related to data modernization, AI, and cyber security.

"The case for digital transformation has never been more urgent, and more clear," said chairman and CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella. "As Kyndryl's only premiere global alliance partner, with the power of the Microsoft Cloud we will help customers across every industry manage and modernize their business for the era ahead. We are looking forward to partnering with Kyndryl to serve our shared customers, building on its expertise and understanding of mission-critical IT systems, as well as the company's deep relationships with enterprises around the world."

The partnership will also establish a co-innovation lab to build solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft will create "Kyndryl University for Microsoft" to upskill Kyndryl professionals.

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Sean Endicott

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  • How about a little explanation of what Kyndryl is?? (Yes, I know there's always Bing, but I'm guessing a large percentage of your audience doesn't know)
  • eh. I guess it is sort of explained. You're probably in the same boat as the rest of, trying to figure out exactly what all the techno mumbo-jumbo really means.
  • They're IT consultants, basically.
    Big outfit, though. Billions big.