Enterprises large and small have made significant investments in VMware-based technology, deriving substantial business value over a number of years. Today, there are some 40 to 50 million virtual servers running workloads in client data centers around the world. Along with VMware virtualization technology, enterprises are using critically important VMware-based management tools and have steadily developed a robust set of VMware-based skill sets.
A majority of these same companies are also looking for the best ways to use cloud service provider capabilities as part of an emerging hybrid cloud strategy. As their cloud expertise grows and their hybrid strategies mature, many are looking to exercise their existing investments while also embracing newer approaches for born-in-the-cloud applications.
Put simply, the vision for many IT organizations is to “extend” what they are doing from a VMware perspective into a hybrid cloud model while also taking advantage of additional cloud services that go beyond basic infrastructure as a service.
The IBM and VMware partnership announced earlier this year was formed to help clients achieve this vision. The payoff from using VMware on IBM Cloud can be truly compelling. Clients can enjoy a seamless VMware experience using the same tools, processes and security policies they are already using in their data center, such as VMware vSphere HA and vMotion for resiliency, vSAN for storage and NSX for networking.
In addition, they can gain access to the rest of the IBM Cloud portfolio, which extends beyond infrastructure as a service.
One of the major US-based life science companies has realized the advantages of VMware on IBM Cloud. This company’s journey actually began like most: major investments were put into VMware based on a desire to employ a hybrid cloud model without incurring major costs or expending too much effort on migration. Then the company discovered that extending its VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) into a hybrid cloud model in a way that met its requirements was possible with IBM Cloud. Beyond that, this company now sees an opportunity to access a broader set of cloud services including Watson, data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT).
The combination of VMware on IBM Cloud, along with broader access to the greater IBM Cloud Portfolio, can offer a broad range of benefits:
Accelerating hybrid cloud by using the same tools, processes and security polices
Consuming VMware SDDC as part of an OPEX Model
Deploying and scaling quickly using IBM supplied automated orchestration and provisioning
Seamlessly moving workloads among IBM Cloud and client data centers
Using the IBM Cloud data center global footprint and backbone network
Optimizing performance by using a family of bare metal servers to fit a broad set of workloads
Extending beyond the VMware SDDC into a broad range of additional cloud services
This is a journey that is still in its early stages. The possibilities are endless. What is clear is that the IBM and VMware partnership is helping clients to more easily adopt and derive the benefits of hybrid cloud in a way that is unique in the industry today.
Watch this video to learn how IBM Cloud and VMware are streamlining hybrid cloud adoption.
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