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VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud: New Features & Sizes Now Available

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With this month’s update to VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud, we are continuing our rapid pace to enhance this hybrid cloud service based on VMware’s market-leading technology. The latest service update provides even more choice and control and exemplifies how IBM’s cloud service delivers an evergreen benefit of continuous software and hardware updates, in contrast to the widely-spaced, expensive, and extensive on-premises upgrade efforts.

What is VMware Cloud Foundation?

We’re glad you asked! We hope by now you have already heard all the noise the IBM and VMware partnership has made, especially last August when VMware announced its new offering, Cloud Foundation—and coincidentally IBM announced it was the first to bring Cloud Foundation to market as a cloud service.

VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud brings together VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX into a natively-integrated stack of virtual compute, virtual storage, and virtual networking built upon IBM Bluemix bare metal servers—all dedicated to you. This platform environment can be operated independently or as a seamless, hybrid extension of your on-premises data center. A unique aspect of Cloud Foundation are the VMware and IBM-provided life cycle management capabilities to automate Day 2 operational tasks and an integrated backup service for the management plane.

Altogether, you get an enterprise-grade VMware platform that is rapid to deploy and easier to update and maintain.

Now with even more choices

As of last month’s update, released May 22, 2017, Cloud Foundation environments are deployed using Bluemix bare metal services based on the latest Intel Xeon v4 Broadwell processors. With no big upfront investment for new hardware and hours of research and compatibility testing, you can now get a fully-supported, VMware-validated hardware compliant environment—all on the latest Intel Xeon processors, all with the click of button. Like all VMware solutions on IBM Cloud, the benefits include vSphere compatibility, workload portability, automated deployment, and the agility and economies of scale that cloud consumption provides for both hardware and VMware software.

With the introduction of these new processors, we are pleased to announce that you can select the server size that best fits your workload needs at a lower starting price. Two sizes are now available:

  • Small: Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4, 24 Cores, 2.20 GHz, 128 GB RAM, 12 disks
  • Standard: Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v4, 28 Cores, 2.60 GHz, 256GB RAM, 12 disks

Need more memory? We have a memory upgrade program that can help. Already deployed and using Cloud Foundation on the previous hardware? No worries. You can continue using and expanding your existing deployment for as long as you like. And you can move over to an instance based on the new servers when you are ready.

We’ve updated the software stack too. To learn all the details of the Cloud Foundation architecture and the latest software and hardware bill of materials, visit the IBM Architecture Center.

Now in even more data centers

Finally (and even more exciting), these server options are available for deployment in more data centers. With the addition of five data centers in Oslo, Seoul, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Singapore, you can now deploy your Cloud Foundation instance in any of 21 IBM Cloud data centers around the world.

That’s a lot of choices.

Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud can be used as a standalone platform for clients to migrate their applications of choice. VCF can also serve as the trusted platform for running either a security-focused solution for data protection, compliance, or GDPR needs, or as a disaster recovery solution, as it can be used as the foundation for the Zerto on IBM Cloud DR offering.

As with all VMware solutions on IBM Cloud, clients can choose to use the VMware licenses included as part of the offering or take advantage of our bring your own license (BYOL) model for clients with existing VMware ELAs for a lower starting price.

For more information, check out the VCF Reference Architecture. For questions about VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud, email Steven Huntington at smhuntington@us.ibm.com.

To learn more about IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, call 1-844-95-CLOUD and use priority code CLOUD or click the button below.

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