Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon will join forces to create a new cloud solution to square solution, global partnerships and other services.
The companies are offering solutions to help businesses and enterprises connect and collaborate across cloud platforms, including Azure, AWS, Google Compute Engine, and other cloud providers, the companies announced on Monday.
The announcement comes as technology firms have become increasingly focused on solving the challenge of moving data to and from data centers, a task that often involves moving data between disparate servers.
“These companies have been the leaders in cloud computing, and this will help them meet the challenges of the data center,” Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, said in a statement.
“This agreement marks an important step forward for data center solutions, and it’s a testament to the leadership of these companies and their shared vision for the future of data center computing.”
In addition to the collaboration, Microsoft said that its Azure cloud services will be available in the first half of 2018.
Amazon will offer its AWS service in the second half of that year.