IBM and VMware Collaborate to Help Enterprises Adopt Generative AI with watsonx On-Premises

IBM and VMware are partnering to bring IBM watsonx to on-premises environments on VMware Private AI and Red Hat OpenShift, helping enable fast, transparent generative AI capabilities.

According to the companies, this combination will enable enterprises to access IBM watsonx in private, on-premises infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environments as well as hybrid cloud with watsonx SaaS offerings on IBM Cloud.

Mutual clients will be able to use IBM watsonx AI capabilities, data management features and, in the near future, its governance capabilities, to help enable transparent and explainable AI models.

VMware Private AI is available across hybrid multi-cloud deployments. By using Red Hat OpenShift, clients can now bring watsonx on prem for VMware deployed workloads.

Mutual clients will be able to access the full spectrum of the watsonx platform, which offers various products to help clients accelerate and scale AI. Clients can optionally use IBM Cloud Satellite to automate and simplify deployment and day two operations of their VMware Private AI with OpenShift environments.

This collaboration was born out of the IBM and VMware Joint Innovation Lab, a co-innovation engine with a dedicated team of engineers who have a mission to build upon the strengths of both companies and solve client problems by bringing new offerings to market. The lab, announced in 2018, has completed numerous hybrid cloud and AI-focused projects to date.

VMware and IBM plan to develop a validated reference architecture to allow for mutual clients to use hybrid cloud and on-prem environments subject to regulation for the training and fine-tuning of ML models, including large language models (LLMs) for generative AI use cases.

Additionally, for clients looking to modernize and transform their workloads, IBM Consulting plans to integrate IBM watsonx and VMware Private AI services into its proprietary IBM Consulting Cloud Accelerator to help accelerate the cloud transformation process.

Once released, this integration will help with reverse engineering, code generation and code conversion while helping to manage day two operations and beyond for seamless hybrid cloud management services from IBM Consulting.

The strategic partnership between IBM and VMware aims to enable mutual clients to embrace hybrid cloud through flexible consumption models and the ability to modernize their mission-critical workloads.

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