VMware expands hybrid cloud joint options with IBM

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VMware and IBM expand the scope of their 20-year partnership to provide joint customers in regulated industries a secure path to hybrid cloud.

Their plans include co-engineered cloud solutions that aim to help companies in industries such as financial services, healthcare, and public sector reduce the cost and risk of placing mission-critical workloads in a hybrid environment.

“About 25% of enterprise workloads have migrated to the cloud,” said Hillery Hunter, IBM Fellow and Vice President and CTO of IBM Cloud. “That may be lower than some people think, but it’s an even lower number in regulated industries. Analysts have estimates as low as 5% to 13% for highly regulated organizations like banks. means that modernization remains a hot topic.”

The two companies announced that IBM Cloud Satellite now supports VMware workloads. Designed for workloads that must stay on-premises, IBM Cloud Satellite is an extension of IBM’s public cloud that can run in an enterprise data center.

IBM Cloud Satellite for VMware replicates the security and management capabilities of cloud environments that IBM leverages for regulated industries and brings them to on-premises environments, said Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president of cloud provider solutions at VMware. “So consistent infrastructure, consistent operations, and consistent security oversight,” Bhardwaj said.

Looking ahead, VMware and IBM have pledged additional three-year funding for their Joint Innovation Lab, which enables the co-development of cloud offerings for VMware-based enterprise workloads. The companies launched the lab in 2018, and it has produced 20 hybrid cloud and AI-focused projects so far.

According to Bhardwaj, one example of an innovation that companies plan to bring to market is desktop as a service for regulated workloads.

The expanded partnership also includes a new designation for IBM’s professional services division: IBM Consulting has been named a Global Systems Integrator (GSI) Partner for VMware. As a VMware GSI partner, IBM Consulting will provide services to migrate and manage workloads in hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

IBM Consulting has the expertise to deliver the security, management and reliability required in hybrid and multi-cloud environments, Bhardwaj said.

“There is a lot of complexity, there are skill and talent gaps, and you want to move fast. And that’s where IBM Consulting comes in, helping end customers in terms of migrating, modernizing, and managing those workloads,” Bhardwaj said.

Announcements are synchronized with the start of Explore VMware (Previously VMworld), the vendor’s flagship conference taking place this week in San Francisco.



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