Microsoft invests in IBM emulator

Software Imperium Microsoft has written out a cheque to invest in mainframe emulator provider TurboHercules.

The Paris based outfit has revealed that Microsoft has made the investment but neither side is saying how much.

The Imperium has made several investments in outfits that challenge IBM’s  mainframe markets.

TurboHercules hit the headlines in the middle of the year when it filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission alleging that IBM ties its OS with its hardware, shutting out other vendors in the market.

The Imperium also backed T3, which also filed an antitrust complaint against IBM in Europe. Microsoft, which is also a paid up member of the Computer and Communications Industry Association trade group, started a US Department of Justice antitrust probe into IBM’s mainframe market dominance last year.

TurboHercules manages code for an open source emulator, called Hercules. It allows the IBM mainframe OSes to run on commodity X86 servers.

The outfit is is currently marketing itself as being used for “auxiliary and ancillary operations like archiving, disaster recovery, testing and development.

TurboHercules CEO Bill Miller claimed that it would supplement the mainframe, and not replace it.

Miller plans to use the Microsoft cash to increase its sales efforts and to develop Hercules-based software that could aid in disaster recovery operations.

In a statement, Microsoft said that it shares TurboHercules’ belief that there needs to be greater openness and choice for customers in the mainframe market. Punters want greater interoperability between the mainframe and other platforms, including systems that run Windows Server.

By coincidence,  that is the identical statement, it used to describe its investment in T3. It just changed the names of the companies. Well, you can’t say that the Imperium is not consistant.