January 21, 2020 By John Connolly 2 min read

Follow these easy steps to configure a VMware vSphere environment using your IBM Cloud account.

VMware vSphere is a streamlined and optimized ordering platform for VMware. With this platform, you can build your own IBM-hosted VMware environment by customizing and ordering the VMware-compatible hardware based on your selected VMware components.


  1. Log in or create your IBM cloud account.
  2. Click on IBM Cloud Catalog.
  3. Search for “VMware” and click on the VMware Solutions tile.
  4. Click on the VMware vSphere tile, then click Continue.
  5. Give your cluster a name (e.g., Cluster1).
  6. Select your licensing option (vSphere 6.7 or vSphere 6.5).

    Please note you also have the cost saving option of bringing your own vSphere licensing. For more information on this, please see the IBM Cloud docs.

  7. Select the Bare Metal Server data center location (e.g., DAL09).
  8. Select the CPU Model (e.g., 16 Cores and 2.1 GHz).
  9. Increase the amount of RAM from 64GB to 96GB.

    Please note that increasing the amount of RAM from 64GB to 96GB increases the average amount of VMs supported from 8 to 11.

  10. Scroll down to Network Interface and name your Subdomain Label (e.g.,  subdomain1) and Domain Name (e.g., migrate.local).

Congratulations! you have successfully configured a VMware vSphere environment on IBM Cloud.

To learn more about vSphere on IBM Cloud, visit the IBM Cloud docs.

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