IBM, VMware Cloud Partnership Signals Hybrid Cloud Success

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-08-31 Print this article Print
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"First, there are many business-critical enterprise workloads and applications that have lived in on-premises IBM mainframe and Power Systems for years, and will continue to do so," King said. "Second, those same businesses own and manage thousands of Intel-based systems, many or most of which utilize VMware solutions. As those organizations examine the best options for leveraging the cloud, finding solutions that support both their IBM- and Intel-based applications is critical."

Supporting VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud means that customers can automatically provision preconfigured VMware SDDC environments on IBM Cloud in hours versus weeks or months, VMware officials said.

Meanwhile, IBM said it is training more than 4,000 service professionals to be able to provide clients with VMware solutions.

"IBM and VMware share a common vision for providing customers with an easy path from the data center to the cloud," said Pat Gelsinger, CEO at VMware. "This collaboration has been so successful that we're investing more deeply so our customers can quickly deploy software-defined solutions in just hours to IBM Cloud with all the sophisticated workload automation they have within their own data centers."

With this SDDC environment in place, customers will be able to deploy workloads in this hybrid cloud environment without modification, due to common security and networking models based on VMware.

"IBM and VMware are making great strides to enable enterprise hybrid cloud adoption through automation," said Melanie Posey, vice president of research for IDC's Hosting and Managed Network Services unit, in a statement. "The IBM/VMware partnership offers enterprises the ability to extend existing on-premises workloads to the cloud seamlessly without the need for a major IT operations overhaul, thus greatly simplifying the entire migration process."

IBM and VMware will provide the expertise, solutions and cloud infrastructure to help customers manage and scale their IT resources running in private and public clouds, using the tools, processes and APIs with which customers are already familiar.

"The partnership between IBM and VMware gives us an advantage in that Marriott can continue to do what we do best but expands our reach on a global scale with trusted partners whom consistently deliver," said Alan Rosa, senior vice president of Technology Delivery and IT Security at Marriott International, in a statement.

Moreover, "This partnership gives VMware a bigger cloud play to go up against Oracle, Microsoft and others, and aims to demonstrate a cloud ecosystem and validate Cloud Foundation," Charlotte Dunlap, principal analyst at Current Analysis, told eWEEK. "The partnership will be even more interesting when it moves up the stack and includes IBM Bluemix in addition to SoftLayer."

Pund-IT's King agrees that the relationship between IBM and VMware bolsters their individual and collective cloud offerings and makes them more formidable to competitors.

"In essence, the companies are offering enterprises a collaborative, one-stop shop for all their private, public and hybrid cloud needs," King said. "No competing vendors can offer better levels of experience and expertise in those use cases and workloads. Plus, by fully supporting the core needs of key customers, IBM and VMware are underscoring their own innovations and adaptability. This is a partnership where everyone wins, except for other vendors trying to get a toehold among these same enterprises."



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