IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions
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What is IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions?

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions enables you to seamlessly migrate and modernize VMware workloads to the cloud, allowing you to leverage your existing investments for a consistent VMware experience—retaining the same level of access, security and control. What’s more, we give you the flexibility of managing it yourself or having IBM manage it for you.

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Why IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions? 209% 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 it could gain USD 2.09 for every USD 1 spent on IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions over three years.

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USD 1.2 million savings from increased operational efficiency

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.



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IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions
Extend, migrate and scale Easily extend your on-premises data center to address capacity expansion, on-demand app scaling, and accelerating cloud migrations of vSphere workloads to IBM Cloud—without re-architecting applications and while reducing migration complexity. Read about deploying new or existing workloads

Cyber resiliency and recovery IBM Cloud’s Cyber Resiliency and Recovery solution provides a simplified business continuity plan with cost-effective disaster recovery (DR), Cloud backup, and a robust ransomware recovery solution to protect and restore your data across your IT environment. Know more

Cloud VDI (DaaS) Build your VDI or DaaS environment on IBM Cloud to deliver an enhanced user experience to your remote workforce and your partners, without sacrificing on security or performance. Know more

Application modernization Modernize your VMware workloads with Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes containers. Improve business outcomes with advanced technologies such as AI and blockchain. Integrate existing VMware-based applications into a hybrid cloud strategy. Know more

Flexibility and choice of deployment
Managed VMware-as-a-Service

IBM Cloud for VMware-as-a-Service (VMWaaS) gives you the compute flexibility and scale to meet your workload demands with IBM handling the configuration, hosting, operations and lifecycle management of your single-tenant or multi-tenant VMware environment.

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Strategic partners VMware

Reduce complexity, manage risk and the cost of moving to the cloud. See why VMware and IBM are the perfect partners to protect your mission-critical workloads.

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Provides a solid data resiliency solution, which includes reliable backup, cost-effective disaster recovery (DR), and robust recovery against human errors and ransomware attacks.

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A disaster recovery solution to achieve RPO in seconds and RTO in minutes, with an easy-to-deploy and scalable data-protection solution.

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Dizzion Managed Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

Enable users to work from anywhere without sacrificing performance or protection.

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

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Frequently asked questions about IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

IBM Cloud® for VMware Solutions Shared uses VMware Cloud Director to enable you to extend your VMs to the cloud with ultimate capacity and scalability, while paying only for what is consumed. With IBM managing the infrastructure up to the hypervisor, you don’t need to worry about providing updates and patching, and instead can focus on application innovation.

If you purchase a monthly or annual subscription of IBM SPSS Statistics, your payment method will be automatically charged at the beginning of each billing period (either yearly or monthly). First-time IBM Marketplace customers can pay with Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Returning customers can pay with a credit card, purchase order or invoice.

This solution provides single-tenant infrastructure with higher levels of isolation for enhanced security and compliance readiness. IBM Cloud VMware Solutions Dedicated is for organizations looking to retain control of managing updates and patching since you'll have full control of the hypervisor.

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Dedicated is available in North America West (San Jose); North America South (Dallas and Queretaro); North America East (Montreal, Toronto, and Washington DC); South America (Sao Paulo); Europe (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Milan, Oslo, and Paris); and Asia Pacific (Chennai, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Seoul, and Tokyo).

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Shared is available in North America South (Dallas).

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Dedicated is HIPAA-ready, GDPR-ready, and Privacy-Shield-Certified. IC4V Dedicated has also been independently verified and complies with SOC1 Type 2, SOC2 Type 2, SOC3 as well as ISO 27001, 27017 and 27018.

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Shared is GDPR-ready and Privacy-Shield-Certified. IC4V Shared has also been independently verified and complies with ISO 27001, 27017 and 27018.

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IBM Cloud is the most secure, enterprise-grade cloud at a global scale for VMware workloads. 

  • Get the same level of visibility, control, and operational consistency as on-premises with hypervisor root-level access.
  • Provide right-size infrastructure and performance with 100+ bare metal configs for VMware while reducing TCO with no-cost data transfer within the private network.
  • Achieve 99.99% uptime at the VM level with high-availability architecture, and only cloud with SAP-certified servers for VMware workloads.
  • Modernize VMware workloads with Red Hat® OpenShift® and PaaS across virtual machines (VMs) and containers.
  • Operate with the highest level key management encryption with FIPS 140-2 Level 4 and “keep your own keys” (KYOK).
  • Run with one of the world’s largest operators of VMware workloads with 15 years of experience and expertise with VMware technologies.

Each of the IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions is available with an array of deployment options, as well as self-managed or managed options. Infrastructure, software, and support for these bundles are all included in the monthly subscription price. No contracts are necessary, and you can scale up or down at any time. In the self-managed option, you can rent VMware licenses on a monthly subscription basis. Licenses rented from IBM Cloud are offered on a monthly subscription and metered per physical CPU for extremely advantageous pricing.

In the managed option, VMware licenses are baked into the price of the solution. The solution runs on multi-tenant infrastructure and can be consumed in a highly scalable hourly model.

IC4V Shared is offered in two consumption models: On-Demand and Reserved. With “On-Demand,” compute resources are made available to users on an as-needed basis and billed hourly. This model is a best fit for VMs that are consumed for a short period of time or for fluctuating-capacity needs such as cloud bursting and running non-critical DR workloads.

With "Reserved," clients can reserve their compute capacity needs with an up-front reservation in a monthly billing model, guaranteeing the availability of resources. Other than compute, all resources such as storage and egress are charged as per actual usage for both "On-Demand" and "Reserved" consumption models.

No. IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions provides full native access to the VMware stack. Clients can move workloads to and from the cloud without changing apps, tooling or scripts—or investing in new resources or skills.

IBM Cloud provides flexible pricing compared to other cloud providers. For example, IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions offers monthly pricing with no commitments, whereas VMC on AWS offers on-demand hourly, 1-year and 3-year commitment pricing. Plus, data transfer within IBM Cloud is free.

Additionally, IBM Cloud offers dedicated or multi-tenant infrastructure for VMware workloads, providing clients the flexibility to cost-efficiently run all types of workloads from dev and test to mission-critical in an appropriate environment.

It’s great to know that you are using public cloud resources. IBM Cloud has a number of key differentiators that set it apart from other clouds. Examples:

  • Provides highest data security certification in the industry with KYOK
  • Offers no-cost data movement across data centers over the IBM private network
  • Delivers stronger data security, which splits network traffic into three streams (private, public and management)   
  • Unlike some of our competitors, IBM doesn't use customers' data to train our AI model
  • Award-winning unified cloud user interface

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions was jointly engineered with VMware and was the first cloud solution built for VMware workloads. You can still go to your VMware sales representative today to ask about IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions.

Yes. You can work with the IBM Cloud Professional Services team to design, accelerate and implement VMware solutions on bare metal servers. Whether you need help with implementation, workload migration or a fully managed environment, the IBM Cloud Professional Services team can help meet your needs. IBM Cloud becomes an extension of your existing data centers.

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