IBM and VMware Advance Partnership to Accelerate Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Adoption and Digital Transformation

By Ralph Rio

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At VMworld Europe 2018, IBM and VMware, Inc. announced new offerings to help accelerate enterprise hybrid cloud adoption.  This includes a new IBM Services offering to help migrate and extend mission-critical VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud, and new integrations to help enterprises to modernize applications with Kubernetes and containers.

As part of the news, IBM is enabling a fully automated, highly available managed global cloud architecture for mission-critical VMware workloads designed to help enterprises prevent downtime for cloud applications and automate failovers within an IBM Cloud region.  This architecture will be managed by IBM Services and can be deployed across IBM Cloud’s 18 availability zones in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Mission-critical workloads are defined as essential to the survival of the business and so critical that outages affect brand integrity. The IBM solution is designed to support these workloads at a targeted aggregate availability higher than many clients can currently achieve with on-premises environments.  The solution includes IBM Cloud infrastructure, VMware software-defined data center technologies, Intel Optane DC SSD and IBM Services that cover a variety of enterprise needs including networks, storage, resiliency and other tools built for monitoring and troubleshooting cloud applications.

Additionally, IBM and VMware announced new technology collaborations to help enterprises to modernize applications with containers regardless of whether they are deploying on-premises, in the private cloud or in the public cloud.

IBM Cloud Private Hosted can now be installed on VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud, which supports the management and orchestration of virtual machines and containers within a common security model and private network. With IBM Cloud Private Hosted on VMware vCenter Server, clients can containerize stateless components of a virtualized application while maintaining stateful components such as databases within the virtual machine.  It also enables clients to modernize applications with the IBM Cloud Private catalogue of services including Blockchain, AI and event services, among many others.

In addition to IBM Cloud Private Hosted, IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions are now integrated with the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, which provides a fully managed Kubernetes environment so customers can concentrate on application development.

To provide a unified networking solution that will bridge IBM Cloud Private and the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, IBM is expanding use of virtual cloud networking with the adoption of VMware NSX-T Data Center.  As the foundation for a software-based network architecture that delivers services to applications and data wherever they are located, NSX-T provides consistent networking and security for all deployment models, including VM, containerized and bare metal. NSX-T has been validated by IBM as a supported network stack for IBM Cloud Private.

To support on-premises workloads, VMware vRealize Operations is now available on IBM Power Systems. With VMware vRealize Operations for Power, IT managers can monitor a heterogenous infrastructure from a single dashboard, allowing them to more efficiently allocate resources and free them from the time-consuming process of switching between multiple tools to manage a sprawling infrastructure.

IBM and VMware also announced that VMware will use Watson to help improve customer service across VMware support portals.  Instead of static drop downs, now VMware customers can leverage Watson to quickly and easily communicate with the portal in natural language.  Watson is designed to detect product type and version, analyze issues and match those issues with an expert engineer for faster resolution and a better customer support experience.

IBM and VMware remain committed to delivering new solutions and services to help enterprises advance their cloud journey, and they also announced the formation of a Joint Innovation Lab with dedicated engineers that will bring even more game changing solutions and services.

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