What is VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud?

vCenter Server is a cloud solution that delivers VMware vSphere as a service. The VMware environment is built on top of a minimum of three IBM Cloud bare metal servers and shared file-level storage. It includes the automatic deployment and configuration of an easy-to-manage logical edge firewall that is powered by VMware NSX. The entire environment can be provisioned in a matter of hours, while the cloud infrastructure provides the rapid scale-out of compute capacity when needed.

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Benefits of VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud

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Global infrastructure

With IBM Cloud data centers across the globe, you can provision cloud resources where — and when — you need them.

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World-class expertise

IBM has mobilized thousands of experts to help organizations extend their VMware environments to the IBM Cloud. They provide planning, architecture, migration and end-to-end management services.

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Integrate cloud services with emerging technologies (AI, blockchain, IoT, etc.) to maximize opportunity.

Options for VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud


3-node cluster:
19 vCPU, 101 GB vRAM

Approximately 16 production workloads*

Expansion node:
14 vCPU, 82 GB vRAM

Approximately 13 production workloads*

Starting at USD 7,500/month


3-node cluster:
33 vCPU, 264 GB vRAM

Approximately 42 production workloads*

Expansion node:
21 vCPU, 164 GB vRAM

Approximately 26 production workloads*

Starting at USD 7,500/month


3-node cluster:
40 vCPU, 590 GB vRAM

Approximately 60 production workloads*

Expansion node:
25 vCPU, 327 GB vRAM

Approximately 37 production workloads*

Starting at USD 7,500/month

Shared file level storage

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File share options:

1, 2, 4, 8 or 12 TB

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Performance tier options:

2, 4 or 10** IOPS/GB

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NFS options:

NFSv4.1 or NFSv3.0

*Production workload assumption = 4 vCPU, 8 GB of vRAM
**10 IOPS/GB max capacity is 4 TB

Teaming with IBM for cloud infrastructure immediately lets people know that we’re a company operating at a higher level.

James Coyle, Chief Executive Officer, MediStreams Inc.

Use cases

Capacity expansion

Quickly address resource constraints by deploying workloads in the cloud, growing as your needs expand.

Data center consolidation

Eliminate aging or redundant infrastructures by moving vSphere-based workloads into IBM Cloud.

Data center modernization

Migrate workloads from vSphere 5.1 or 5.5 on premises into a cloud environment with vSphere 6.0.

Get started

Build a flexible and customizable VMware solution that fits your VMware workloads. Call 1-844-95-CLOUD (Priority code: CLOUD)