February 3, 2020 By John Connolly
Ioana Craiu
2 min read

Running a business in today’s complex reality is not easy.

Big or small, agile or traditional—you should not have to compromise on your IT infrastructure, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Addressing this demand requires flexibility in the core offering and a rich and secured set of technologies to leverage the public cloud for a hybrid environment.

As businesses consider the reality of digital transformation to answer this imperative need, IBM and VMware want to ensure you take advantage of VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud, a customizable virtualization service that combines VMware-compatible bare metal servers, hardware components, and licenses to build your own IBM-hosted environment.

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud helps you extend your on-premises VMware environment into IBM Cloud, providing you the perfect fit for your business needs and helping you run, manage, connect, and secure your applications.

Access your IBM-hosted VMware environment with the same level of control and visibility that you have on-premises, with full administration permissions to the VMware stack, where you have total control.

Four main use cases for when to use vSphere on IBM Cloud

Hybrid cloud transformation

An integrated environment including public and private cloud, with supporting technologies for integration and multicloud management.

  • Consolidate and expand multiple data centers into cloud.
  • Modernise infrastructure to leverage the latest cloud infrastructure innovations.
  • Build, deploy, and operate apps and services wherever they run best.
  • Get secure and seamless data portability.

Data protection, disaster recovery, and high availability

Downtime is expensive, which means that protecting your virtualized workloads with a robust disaster recovery and business continuity strategy in the cloud is imperative.

  • Protect and recover data in a resilient cloud model.
  • Rapidly flip development and test into disaster recovery.

Application modernisation

App modernisation is vital to staying competitive and meeting evolving user demands. For many organizations, this will be a multiphase journey that begins with lifting and shifting virtualized workloads, continues with containerization, and ultimately enables the production of cloud native apps. IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions simplifies the journey by providing access to tools, expertise, security, services, and of course full control of your environments.

IBM and VMware have streamlined app modernisation by enabling organizations to extend existing VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud platform. With IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, you can take advantage of container-based technologies to modernise VMware workloads and begin to realize benefits quickly. IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions offers a path to retain control, strengthen security, and lay a robust foundation for innovation.

Risk mitigation and compliance readiness

As clients continue to migrate and modernize more of their applications and workloads, the security of these continues to be of the utmost priority in any hybrid cloud strategy. IBM Cloud has a complete edge-to-cloud security architecture that can deliver continuous compliance. Through a strong security-led ecosystem, IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions offers cloud workload protection and a cyber risk and compliance management platform for its clients.

  • Security policy enforcement, encryption of data/keys, cyber risk management.
  • Continuous compliance management, monitoring, and prevention.

Learn more about VMware vSphere

To discuss your specific use case, talk to an IBM Cloud specialist today or review these instructions to learn how to create a VMware vSphere environment on IBM Cloud in less than five minutes.

Hybrid Cloud Transformation with IBM Cloud and VMware

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