New Delhi: International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and VMware Inc. on Tuesday entered into a strategic partnership aimed at offering solutions to enable enterprises take better advantage of the cloud’s speed and economics.
The new agreement will allow enterprise customers to deploy their existing workloads, as they are, from their software-defined data center to the cloud.
“With nearly 100% of the Fortune 100 customers utilizing VMware technologies, this partnership will help preserve and extend customer investments across thousands of data centers," said VMware in a statement.
Under the agreement, IBM and VMware have jointly designed an architecture and cloud offering that will enable customers to automatically provision pre-configured VMware SDDC (software-defined data center) environments on the IBM Cloud.
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, the statement said. IBM, on its part, will utilize in-house tools and workload automation capabilities to automatically provision pre-configured or custom workloads to the cloud validated by VMware’s design patterns for SDDC architectures.
The two companies will also jointly market and sell new offerings for hybrid cloud deployments, including seamless workload migrations, disaster recovery, capacity expansion and data centre consolidation.
Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer at VMware, said that with these offerings, 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."