IBM and VMware join forces to increase hybrid cloud adoption

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IBM senior VP for cloud Robert LeBlanc (left) seals the deal with a handshake with VMware president and COO Carl M. Eschenbach at the IBM InterConnect 2016 at Las Vegas IBM senior VP for cloud Robert LeBlanc (left) seals the deal with a handshake with VMware president and COO Carl M. Eschenbach at the IBM InterConnect 2016 at Las Vegas [/caption] The two companies said the tie-up will help preserve the investments of VMware customers in data centers while making the leap to the cloud. Under the deal, customers will be able to leverage VMware?s technologies with IBM?s footprint of 45 Cloud Data Centers worldwide to help companies scale globally while avoiding the retooling expenses, development risks, and security concerns. IBM and VMware have jointly designed an architecture and cloud offering that will enable customers to automatically provision pre-configured VMware SDDC environments, consisting of VMware vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN on the IBM Cloud. With this SDDC environment in place, customers will be able to deploy workloads in the hybrid cloud environment without modification due to common security and networking models based on VMware. IBM will utilize its CloudBuilder tools and workload automation capabilities to automatically provision pre-configured or custom workloads to the cloud validated by VMware’s design patterns for Software Defined Data Center architectures. In addition, VMware has extended vRealize Automation and vCenter management tools to deploy and manage environments on the IBM Cloud as if they are part of a customer?s local data center. The two companies also will jointly market, and sell new offerings for hybrid cloud deployments, including workload migrations, disaster recovery, capacity expansion, and data center consolidation. ?This partnership, an extension of our 14-year plus relationship with IBM, demonstrates a shared vision that will help enterprise customers more quickly and easily embrace the hybrid cloud,? said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer of VMware. ?Our customers will be able to efficiently and securely deploy their proven software-defined solutions with sophisticated workload automation to take advantage of the flexibility and cost effectiveness of IBM Cloud.? “We are reaching a tipping point for cloud as the platform on which the vast majority of business will happen,? said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. ?The strategic partnership between IBM and VMware will enable clients to easily embrace the cloud while preserving their existing investments and creating new business opportunities.? ]]>

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