August 30, 2022 By Dan Waugh
Jon Schulz
3 min read

IBM and VMware’s partnership in distributed cloud brings customers choice on where operations are most effectively delivered.

Distributed cloud has moved from a buzzword to table stakes as enterprises and regulated industry realize that the data they own should, sometimes, remain in their own locations. IBM Cloud Satellite allows you to run modern, public cloud services seamlessly in locations of your choosing, while managing the services from a single control plane.

The power of a distributed cloud deployment flips the public cloud model on its head. Rather than lifting your applications and data lakes from where they are created and shifting them to a common public cloud location, a distributed cloud model allows clients to bring the public cloud services and economies to where the data and applications are already running, enabling modernization in place at a lower cost and lower risk.

IBM and VMware continue our innovative partnership in distributed cloud to bring our customers choice on where their operations are most effectively delivered. Using best practices, we integrate the industry leading VM and storage management solutions of VMware with the born-in-the-cloud managed services from IBM Cloud Satellite.

Advantages of distributed cloud

  • Consistent visibility and manageability: Distributed cloud can help any organization gain greater control over its hybrid multicloud infrastructure by providing visibility and management from one console, with a single set of tools.
  • Cost-effective scalability and agility: With distributed cloud, an organization can utilize existing infrastructure with cloud-native functionality and expand deployments using the same tools, knowledge, skills and personnel.
  • Easier industry or localized regulatory compliance: Many data privacy regulations specify that a user’s personal information (PI) cannot travel outside the user’s country. Distributed cloud infrastructure from VMware and IBM makes it much easier for an organization to process PI in each user’s country of residence.
  • AI and machine learning happen where the data is — faster and more securely: Latency sensitive applications like manufacturing automation, self-driving cars, healthcare applications, smart buildings and other applications rely on real-time data analysis. VMware and IBM distributed cloud computing at the edge deliver a low-latency platform where the data lives without sending it back to a central cloud location.

IBM Cloud Satellite on VMware anywhere

IBM Cloud Satellite on VMware combines managed cloud services with VMware’s market leading VM management, reliability and workload mobility to bring these services to distributed, global locations worldwide.

Satellite on VMware is pre-integrated out of the box with VMware vSAN storage, therefore delivering a fast time-to-value for both your applications as well as the managed cloud services supporting them.

One of the challenges with hybrid, multicloud approaches is ensuring sufficient commonality across operational methods, tools and services. In addition, compliance standards that safeguard privacy and data governance standards must be in place. IBM Cloud Satellite helps deploy and run applications consistently across on-premises, edge and third-party infrastructure environments like a public cloud or colocation provider.

IBM Cloud Satellite integrated with VMware on-premises or edge solutions delivers the ability to deploy modern, cloud-native solutions wherever they are needed while maintaining consistent and well-known operational and security procedures.

Satellite also standardizes a core set of cloud-native middleware services for container management, databases, event streaming, message queuing, object storage and more. These services are fully managed by IBM globally along with security, patch and update lifecycle:

Learn more

Together with VMware, we provide a modern cloud-native application platform that enables our clients to develop and deliver apps to production at the speed of cloud while keeping data locally resident.  You can also ensure integration with existing operations and expertise, while spanning industries like retail, public sector, health care, financial services and automotive.

Learn more about IBM Cloud Satellite.

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