RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – IBM and Amazon have signed a collaboration agreement, which IBM called a “first-of-its-kind” in a statement.

The agreement, known as a strategic collaboration agreement, is between IBM and Amazon Web Services, Inc., and involves an offering of IBM’s software catalog as a software-as-a-service on Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS).

According to a statement from IBM, this latest partnership will provide IBM clients access to automation, security, artificial intelligence, and data capabilities through IBM Cloud, which is built on the Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS.

“As hybrid cloud continues to become the reality for our clients, IBM is ready and willing to meet them with a flexible and cloud-native software portfolio wherever they are in the cloud or in data centers,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Software, in a statement.

In addition, IBM shared that the companies have committed to a “broad range of joint investments to make it easier for clients to consume IBM Software on AWS.”

Matt Garman, senior vice president of sales and marketing at AWS, said in statement that the partnership will be a multi-year agreement.

“In addition, we’ll be working together on stronger joint marketing and co-selling programs for customers,” said Garman.

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Deepening partnerships in cloud

The agreement will deepen collaboration between IBM Software and AWS, said Rosamilia in a statement.

“We’re taking another major step in giving organizations the ability to choose the hybrid cloud model that works best for their own needs and workloads, freeing them up to instead focus on solving their most pressing business challenges.”

Earlier this year, IBM spinout Kyndryl inked a partnership with AWS, within its first 100 days of operating as an independent company.

AWS, IBM, and Red Hat are among the partners involved in an effort to modernize the U.S. Department of Education’s G5 grants management system, which was announced in April 2022.  The modernization effort will rely on hybrid cloud technologies.