IBM Helps Port Dell EMC to the Cloud

IBM and Dell EMC have agreed to help accelerate cloud adoption by providing Dell EMC's commercial customers access to VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud. As part of the relationship, IBM has added Dell EMC infrastructure products into the IBM Cloud, and expands VMware solutions.

As part of the agreement, Dell EMC will begin by offering VMware vCenter Server on the IBM Cloud to its customers, which will enable them to rapidly extend on-premises data center capacity into the public cloud, while taking advantage of their existing investments in VMware tooling and scripts, and training. This gives VMware users a familiar, predictable and valuable experience so they can move their on-premises and public cloud workloads to the IBM Cloud with ease.

“Dell EMC and IBM realize many customers will approach digital transformation differently, but all are interested in realizing the benefits of cloud-like efficiencies. Our relationship with IBM allows Dell’s Commercial customers the ability to quickly and easily extend their VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud,” said Armughan Ahmad, senior vice president and general manager of Hybrid Cloud and Ready Solutions for Dell EMC. “Customers will now be able to easily migrate enterprise applications to the single-tenant, IBM-hosted environment, and maintain the same level of control and visibility as if it were part of their own data center.”

Customers can now move workloads to the cloud while continuing to leverage Dell EMC infrastructure and the VMware platform. The partnership is seeing adoption with more than 1,400 clients already leveraging IBM Cloud for VMware solutions which are available across IBM’s global network of nearly 60 Cloud data centers in 19 countries. 

IBM Cloud for VMware solutions targets commercial customers looking for enhanced security. Customers can choose to run VMware solutions on dedicated bare metal servers, encrypt data at rest on attached storage and connect on-premises environments to IBM’s global network of cloud data centers across 19 countries.

Customers can manage workloads in the cloud using VMware-compatible tools while maintaining control with full administration access to the VMware ESXi hosts. In addition to the expanded relationship with Dell EMC, IBM and VMware today announced momentum for their strategic partnership, which began in 2016, aimed at accelerating enterprise cloud adoption.

Dell EMC will begin reselling VMware solutions on IBM Cloud to commercial customers beginning in Q4 2017.

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