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Bull and Microsoft announce a strategic collaboration in the field of interoperability

Paris, February  8, 2010 -

On the occasion of the 2010 Microsoft Tech Days event, Microsoft, the leading global software company, et Bull, European leader in information technologies, are today announcing a new agreement: a strategic collaboration in the field of interoperability.

Under this agreement, teams from Bull and Microsoft will work together in a number of different areas to further strengthen synergies and interoperability between Microsoft software environments and third-party solutions, most notably Open Source and Unix solutions, to which Bull is one of the main contributors and integrators in Europe.

The new agreement extends the long-standing close partnership between Bull and Microsoft focused on Microsoft environments. It covers possible collaboration in the following areas:

  • Infrastructure virtualization, to support the development of optimized, very large-scale, combined Windows/Linux platforms, particularly taking into account the needs of hosted Web environments

  • Critical applications, to ensure better integration between Unix and Linux systems, and Microsoft technologies, and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

  • Extreme Computing, taking into account the need to effectively manage combined Windows HPC/Linux clusters.

The first concrete output of this partnership is the launch by Bull subsidiary Agarik of Cloud Maker, an innovative Cloud computing offering that allows users to adapt the level of service to their requirements, and to monitor the operation of their platforms in real time. Bull's Cloud Maker offering utilizes the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, under which both Linux and Windows virtual machines operate equally effectively. With Cloud Maker, Bull has launched the first even commercial offerings using the Open Source code made available by Microsoft in July 2009 for optimizing Linux virtual machines running under Hyper-V.

A Cloud Maker demonstration area will be available to view at the Microsoft Tech Days event, on the Bull/Intel stand (P4), from 8-10 February 2010, at the Palais des Congrès conference center in Paris.

"For many years now, Microsoft has been involved in a deliberate policy of promoting interoperability in information systems, both at the heart of our own software and through our contributions to industry standards, our on-going collaborative work with our customers, partners and competitors, and by making available the highest possible number dedicated technological resources," explains Alfonso Castro, Director of Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft France. "Today's launch of Cloud Maker is yet another example of this in action. The extension of our collaboration with Bull - a leading technology company and one of the main players in the worlds of Unix, Open Source and mainframes in Europe - will enable us to strengthen the synergies between our solutions to an even greater extent."

"As 'Architect of an Open World', Bull's vision is to gather together intelligence from across the world and use it to help boost its customers' performance," adds Bruno Pinna, Group Marketing Director at Bull. "Interoperability, synergies and collaborative agreements are at the very heart of our business model and the added value we deliver. For years now we have been working closely with the largest software publishers, such as Microsoft, as well as with the biggest Open Source communities. The strategic partnership that we have built up with Microsoft in the area of interoperability will be a new, joint driver for innovation, benefiting users of heterogeneous technologies."

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

The company develops and markets a wide range of software, accessories and services for business and personal use. Microsoft's mission is to use its expertise, its capacity for innovation and the passion that drives the business to support its customers' and partners' projects, ambitions and creativity, in order to ensure that its technology is the best ally when it comes to realizing their potential. Established in 1983, Microsoft France employs almost 1,400 people. Eric Boustouller has been General Manager of Microsoft France since 1 February 2005.

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About Bull, an Atos company


Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.

Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of €1.3 billion.

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About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

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