IBM and VMware have partnered to make it easier and faster for IT organizations to adopt a hybrid approach and extend their on-premises into the cloud. VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud (vCenter Server) is a hosted private cloud that helps IT increase speed while maintaining control and minimizing risk.
vCenter Server can compress the time it takes to to procure, architect, implement and test a VMware environment on-premises down to a matter of hours versus weeks or even months. Using advanced automation, the deployment of the dedicated servers, shared storage, VMware stack, and other optional services like disaster recovery, can all be provisioned with a few clicks of a button.
With a single-tenant design running on IBM Bluemix bare metal servers, vCenter Server helps enhance security of workloads and gives the customer full administration access to the hosted VMware environment and visibility down to the dedicated servers.
Leverage Existing Infrastructure
Customers can take advantage of their existing investment in VMware on-premises by leveraging the same familiar vSphere-compatible tooling and scripts to manage the IBM-hosted environment. With a hybrid model, enterprise applications can be migrated to the cloud without the expense or risk of rearchitecting or refactoring the apps. This represents true workload portability and provides an easy path to take advantage of the speed and economics of cloud.
VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud has been available since October 14, 2016 and has recently been updated to include a new reference architecture. The latest version of vCenter Server also includes new bare metal server configurations, a pre-configured edge firewall powered by VMware NSX, and multiple file shares attached across hosts via automation. Server sizes now come in the following configurations:
Large: Dual-CPU Intel Xeon, E5-2690 v4, 28 cores total, 2.60 GHz, 512 GB, 2 disks (ESXi boot disks)
Min. 2-node cluster: 40 vCPU & 590 GB vRAM usable (~ 60 production workloads*)* Estimated number of workloads are based on a production workload sized at 4 vCPU & 8 GB vRAM.
The IBM Cloud offering includes a customer-managed logical firewall that is powered by NSX Base for Service Provider edition. The firewall is automatically deployed and configured using security best practices. In addition to the edge firewall, VPN (IPSec or SSL) networking services are included in NSX Base edition so that the customer can establish a secure tunnel between on-premises and their edge firewall. Post deployment, clients can upgrade from NSX Base to Advanced or Enterprise edition when they are ready so that they can take advantage of more advanced use cases like Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP).
Shared file-level storage is included with the offering. Clients can attach multiple file shares at the time of purchase or when creating a new cluster.
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