What is IBM Cloud® for VMware Solutions?

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions makes it simpler for your organization to capitalize on the tremendous potential of the cloud. Migrate VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud while using existing tools, technologies and skills from your on-premises environment. The integration and automation with Red Hat® OpenShift® helps accelerate innovation with services such as AI, analytics and more.

Why IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions?

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by IBM Cloud for VMware

Return on Investment


A 2021 Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions study, commissioned by IBM, modeled a composite client organization and calculated they could gain USD 2.09 for every USD 1 spent on IBM Cloud for VMware solutions over three years.

Savings from increased operational efficiency

USD 1.2 million

The same model showed that by freeing up resources that manage on-premises hardware, the client organization could save USD 1.2 million over three years.

Savings from developer productivity

USD 1.5 million

In addition, the same model demonstrated that an increase in developer productivity could save USD 1.5 million over three years.

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Use cases

Data center transformation

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Extend and migrate your virtual machines to the cloud

Extend and migrate your virtual machines (VMs) to the cloud to consolidate data centers, expand capacity to address resource constraints or replace aging infrastructure with the latest innovations in the cloud.

Disaster recovery and backup

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Disaster recovery and backup

Stand up a disaster recovery or backup site in the cloud, without the expense and complexity of additional on-premises infrastructure. Take advantage of the geographic resiliency and security profiles built into IBM Cloud and its no-cost data transfer capability between IBM Cloud sites.

Workload security and compliance

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Workload security and compliance

Offload security maintenance and access compliance measures through IBM Cloud. IBM Cloud offers the highest level of key-management encryption with FIPS 140-2 Level 4 certification and KYOK security, designed so only you can access your data.

Transformation and modernization

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Transformation and modernization

Modernize your VMware workloads with Red Hat OpenShift. Improve business outcomes with new technologies such as AI and blockchain, integrate existing VMware-based applications into a hybrid cloud strategy, and innovate freely between containers and VMware VMs.

Client stories

IBM Cloud for VMware Specialty Certification

This certification prepares cloud professionals to design and implement IBM Cloud for VMware solutions—using existing tools, technologies and skills—from on-premises environments.