Hybrid Cloud Transformation with IBM Cloud and VMware

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By: Harish Grama

We are excited to make several new announcements from VMworld Europe that demonstrate why enterprises of all sizes continue to choose IBM Cloud.

Back in August, IBM Cloud and VMware made several announcements at VMworld US, and we have continued innovating to create solutions for a secured, enterprise-grade cloud for VMware solutions.

We are accompanied onsite at VMworld Europe by some of the nearly 2,000 clients who have chosen IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, including Universidad Europea and Veritas. These clients are at various stages in their cloud journey, and they are all looking for a secure, simple way to migrate and modernize their VM-based apps.

  • Universidad Europea: By adopting IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, Universidad Europea plans to upgrade and expand its virtual campus and its Europea University Online and transform its offerings to address the current demands of digitally savvy students.
  • Veritas: With IBM’s public cloud, Veritas was able to migrate with minimal downtime and adopt a hybrid cloud strategy for modernizing their mission-critical workloads, including their customer portal, website, and other backend IT systems.

Today, at VMworld Europe in Barcelona, we are making several new announcements that demonstrate why enterprises of all sizes continue to choose IBM Cloud.

Enterprise grade

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Shared

Announcing the addition of IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Shared (IC4V Shared), available in beta. This new solution is designed to enable customers to extend their virtual machines—including IBM middleware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)—to the cloud in a managed, multi-tenant environment for ultimate capacity, flexibility, scalability, and cost-efficiency. This makes IBM one of the largest cloud providers to offer a managed, multi-tenant VMware solution designed for customers and partners alike. Offered alongside IBM’s existing single-tenant IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Dedicated, clients will now have more choice and control with multiple deployment models to fit their workload requirements.

Read more about IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Shared.

IBM Services will expand their Business Resiliency Services offerings to support the new shared offering once generally available.

SAP modernization

Announcing an early access preview of Vnomic for VMware with SAP. Vnomic automates the delivery of SAP applications to meet the performance, cost, and governance requirements defined by SAP architects on behalf of the business.

Read more about our SAP S/4HANA solutions.

Database migration and cloning

The multicloud copy data management platform Actifio GO is now extended into the IBM Cloud to support IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions (vCenter Server). Actifio GO is an enterprise class SaaS solution designed to enable database cloning, migration, backup, disaster recovery, and cyber incident recovery for databases like SAP HANA, SAP ASE, SAP MaxDB, IBM Db2, Oracle, MS SQL Server, and others—on-premises or any in other cloud platform.

Read more about Actifio and IBM Cloud.

Mission critical

Announcing the general availability of the capability to automate deployment of VMware vSAN stretched clusters across IBM Cloud’s growing portfolio of Multi-Zone Regions for zero data loss in the event of a site-wide outage. 

Read more about our mission critical solutions.

Open innovation

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions + Red Hat OpenShift

Today, we are pleased to announce that Red Hat OpenShift can be consumed with clients’ VMware virtual machines on IBM Cloud. This will allow our clients to begin modernizing parts of their existing applications at their own pace or build new applications on containers alongside their virtual machines. Clients can begin taking advantage of Red Hat OpenShift in a scalable and automated cloud model for VMware workloads starting in December, once generally available. 

Read more about Red Hat OpenShift for VMware on the IBM Cloud.

Security leadership

Encryption key management

The integration of the HyTrust DataControl Virtual Workload Protection Solution with IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services is now generally available, offering the industry’s highest certified level of protection for data encryption keys.

Read more about our latest security advancements.

Expertise and services

IBM Cloud has long partnered with IBM Services to fast-track clients’ journey to cloud, including offering multi-site high availability for mission critical apps. With 4,000+ cloud subject matter experts and 90,000+ cloud developers, IBM Services has completed 100,000+ migrations to date.

In addition to this strong collaboration with IBM Services, we are expanding IBM’s partner ecosystem with Global Systems Integrators (GSIs) by collaborating with HCL Technologies. This collaboration is intended to help HCL’s clients accelerate their digital transformation with IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions.  

Read more about the IBM Cloud and HCL Technologies collaboration.

Looking ahead with IBM and VMware

Looking forward to 2020 and beyond, IBM and VMware will continue to partner to deliver the best solutions for our joint clients, propelling them into the next era with VMs and containers together on IBM Cloud, the right public cloud for VMware solutions.

Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only.

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