IBM and VMware Partner to Expand Hybrid Cloud Adoption

VMware and IBM have announced the availability of cloud services to expedite the movement of enterprise workloads to the cloud.  

The introduction of these services follows an initiative started earlier this year when IBM and VMware set out to address what they identified as a pressing issue – the ability to extend existing VMware workloads from on-premises deployments to the cloud without the cost and risk of retooling operations, re-architecting applications, and redesigning security policies. So far, they say, more than 500 mutual clients have begun moving their VMware environments to IBM Cloud.

With nearly 100% of the Fortune 100 using VMware technologies, IBM and VMware say the partnership is directed at helping organizations to preserve and extend investments across thousands of data centers.

The companies say that the new offering, VMware Cloud Foundation, combines VMware’s compute, storage and network virtualization solutions into an integrated platform, enabling organizations to provision pre-configured VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) environments on IBM Cloud in hours versus weeks or months. The platform integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware NSX and VMware SDDC Manager.

In addition to new services, IBM said it is training more than 4,000 service professionals with the expertise required to provide clients with VMware solutions.

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