Over the past few months, Microsoft has managed to get Oracle and SAP applications certified to run on its Azure cloud.
Next up may be long-time Microsoft rival Salesforce.com, if a Thursday-dated Bloomberg report is on the money. (And I bet it could be.)
Bloomberg claims that Microsoft and Salesforce are "close to an agreement" allowing Azure customers to use Salesforce's CRM programs. This possible deal sounds like it could be similar to the one just inked between Microsoft and SAP to bring a number of SAP's applications to Azure.
Microsoft and SAP announced that deal a few weeks ago, promising a number of SAP application images were generally available to Azure customers.by June. On May 28, Microsoft announced the
As part of the terms of the SAP deal, the two companies also announced they were more tightly integrating SAP applications with Microsoft's business-intelligence and Office/Office 365 wares. Bloomberg's report also mentions the possibility of Salesforce and Microsoft agreeing to some kind of Office integration.
Microsoft and Oracle announced a deal last year via which.
Salesforce made its Force.com platform-as-a-service (PaaS) available on Amazon Web Services back in 2008. Salesforce's Heroku cloud-based development platform team also is an AWS "advanced technology partner."
Salesforce has been one of Microsoft's biggest PaaS competitors, not to mention its No. 1 CRM rival.
Microsoft's Dynamics CRM Online service is not (yet) hosted on Windows Azure, but users can run Dynamics CRM in a virtual machine on Azure for testing purposes. I'm not sure whether Microsoft allows Dynamics CRM to run in a virtual machine for production purposes. It isn't on. (I have a question in to Microsoft to be sure.)
Update 1: A Microsoft spokesperson said Microsoft Dynamics CRM can be run in a virtual machine on Azure in production.
I asked Microsoft and Salesforce.com officials for comment on the Bloomberg report on the possible Microsoft-Salesforce deal. A Salesforce spokesperson said the company "does not comment on rumors and speculation." No word back from Microsoft so far.
Update 2: Here'son May 29.