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IBM spinoff Kyndryl forms global partnership with Microsoft

IT infrastructure service provider Kyndryl has formed a global strategic partnership with Microsoft, its first strategic alliance since its recent divestiture from IBM.

The two companies will combine their capabilities to develop new products built on the Microsoft Cloud to drive digital transformation for customers, Kyndryl stated. 

The new jointly built solutions aim to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption, introduce AI-driven innovations for industries, cyber security and resiliency, and transformation of mission-critical workloads to the 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,” added Martin Schroeter, chairman and CEO of Kyndryl. “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.”

The agreement, which positions Microsoft as Kyndryl’s only premier global alliance partner, will expand the customer base of both companies and provide "incremental multi-billion dollar revenue opportunities" for the two firms. 

“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,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO at Microsoft. “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.”

In addition, Kyndryl will also offer advisory, implementation, and managed services for complex hybrid IT environments to over 4,000 global customers. To support this, Microsoft is creating the "Kyndryl University for Microsoft" to help Kyndryl's 90,000 employees improve their technical expertise with Microsoft’s cloud technology.