At VMworld Europe 2017, IBMand VMware announced that more than 1,400 enterprises in nearly every industry around the world are extending their VMware environments to the IBM Cloud.
Through the partnership, clients such as Honeywell International and Vodafone are using IBM Cloud’s global reach and cloud-native services, and the infrastructure and operational consistency of VMware Cloud Infrastructure, to create new business opportunities.
IBM and VMware are announcing new solutions to further the partnership and IBM is launching network control and visibility solutions from F5 Networks and Fortinet so that enterprises can continue to extend their VMware environments, as they are, to the public cloud.
In 2016, IBM and VMware set out to tackle a pressing industry challenge: extending existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to the cloud without having to retool operations, re-architect applications and re-design security policies. Enterprises are able to run their VMware workloads in the cloud and leverage IBM’s AI and analytics services as an extension of their VMware deployment. IBM Cloud for VMware solutions are available across IBM’s global network of nearly 60 cloud data centres in 19 countries.
Client adoption continues to grow as enterprises such as the Performance Materials and Technology (PMT) Division of Honeywell International adopt these solutions. Honeywell, a global leader in designing and creating software-based systems to safely and efficiently operate complex industrial facilities, selected IBM Cloud as the foundation for its Open Virtual Engineering Platform (VEP), which enables users to build and test engineering processes in a highly reliable and security-rich cloud-based environment.
By moving to the IBM Cloud, Honeywell seamlessly transitioned its VMware-based environment and is able to take advantage of existing tools, technologies and operational processes in the cloud. Honeywell is also able to leverage advanced data protection and security capabilities from HyTrust and Intel, both critical factors in the company’s decision to use IBM Cloud.
“Honeywell is developing the technologies of tomorrow so that manufacturing and plant operators can better address challenges such as efficiency, productivity, reliability, safety, and security,” said Vimal Kapur, president, Honeywell Process Solutions.
“The partnership between IBM and VMware is enabling Honeywell to deliver new industrial automation technologies like the Open Virtual Engineering Platform for our customers around the world. The global reach of the IBM Cloud, the operational consistency of VMware across on-premises and cloud environments and the ability to leverage HyTrust and Intel technology for additional security were important to us.”
Additionally, through a new agreement with IBM, Vodafone announced today that it is offering an international service that enables enterprises to support the movement of VMware-based workloads on a Vodafone Hosted Private Cloud to and from the IBM Cloud.
To extend the reach of IBM Cloud for VMware solutions, IBM and Dell EMC today announced an agreement to help accelerate cloud adoption by providing Dell EMC's commercial customers access to VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud.
“Enterprises in nearly every industry want to use the cloud to modernize and create new business opportunities," said Faiyaz Shahpurwala, general manager, IBM Cloud.
“IBM’s partnership with VMware has enabled more than 1,400 enterprises to quickly and easily transition to the cloud to securely scale and enhance their workloads with full access to a rich catalog of IBM Cloud services, including AI, data and analytics, IoT, serverless and more.”
“VMware and IBM are seeing increasing customer momentum as we continue to be strategically aligned in supporting customers’ journey to the cloud,” said Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, cloud provider software business unit, VMware.
“From our early partnership to deliver complete software-defined data centres as a service through VMware Cloud Foundation, and now our pioneering efforts with VMware HCX technologies to reduce the cost and complexity of large-scale on-premises workload migration, together we are delivering a powerful enterprise cloud platform with operational consistency and global scale.”