IBM (IBM), VMware (VMW) Enter Expanded Partnership; Covers Hybrid Cloud Adoption

August 29, 2016 8:03 AM EDT

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Today at VMworld® 2016, VMware (NYSE: VMW) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the availability of industry-first cloud services that enable organizations to quickly and easily move enterprise workloads to the cloud. With more than 500 clients engaged, the global partnership between IBM and VMware is helping more organizations extend existing workloads to the cloud in hours, versus weeks or months.

Earlier this year, IBM and VMware set out to tackle one of the industry's most pressing challenges: extending existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to the cloud without incurring the cost and risk associated with retooling operations, re-architecting applications and re-designing security policies.

Rapid Enterprise Adoption of VMware Environments on the IBM CloudSince then, more than 500 mutual clients have begun moving their VMware environments to IBM Cloud including Marriott International, Clarient Global LLC and Monitise. IBM is a strategic cloud platform for VMware users with a growing footprint of nearly 50 highly-scalable and security-rich cloud data centers across the globe. With almost 100 percent of the Fortune 100 customers using VMware technologies, the partnership is designed to preserve and extend customer investments across thousands of data centers.

"Enterprises need fast and easy ways to deploy and move workloads between on-premises and public cloud environments," said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. "Our collaboration with VMware is becoming the glue for many organizations to scale and create new business opportunities while making the most of their existing IT investments in a hybrid cloud environment."

IBM Provides First Offering For VMware Cloud Foundation as a Fully Automated ServiceToday's introduction of VMware Cloud Foundation™ combines VMware's market-leading compute, storage and network virtualization solutions into an integrated platform. For the first time, organizations can now automatically provision pre-configured VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) environments on IBM Cloud in hours versus weeks or months. The platform integrates VMware vSphere®, VMware Virtual SAN™, VMware NSX® and VMware SDDC Manager™, and gives customers broad choice in their infrastructure decisions.

In addition to new services, IBM is training more than 4,000 service professionals with the expertise required to provide clients with VMware solutions. This expansive team of sellers and advisers will provide clients with the expertise to extend VMware environments to the cloud.

"IBM and VMware share a common vision for providing customers with an easy path from the data center to the cloud," said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. "This collaboration has been so successful that we're investing more deeply so our customers can quickly deploy software-defined solutions in just hours to IBM Cloud with all the sophisticated workload automation they have within their own data centers."

Marriott Enhances Customer Service Experiences via the CloudMarriott International is a globally recognized hospitality company, reporting more than 4,500 properties in 88 countries and territories. The company is constantly looking for ways to innovate and transform the guest experience. By extending their VMware investments on IBM Cloud, without the need to re-architect applications, development teams have the ability to focus on innovation and preserve their existing IT investments.

"It's more than just keeping our guests happy, it's about helping them create a memory by exceeding their expectations," said Alan Rosa, senior vice president of Technology Delivery and IT Security, Marriott International. "From reserving and booking rooms, planning their next family vacation or facilitating an important business event, the process of consuming our services and products needs to be seamless and integrated into our guest's style of working and transacting. Marriott has been able to keep innovating by rapidly launching new customizable applications that support these experiences. The partnership between IBM and VMware gives us an advantage in that Marriott can continue to do what we do best but expands our reach on a global scale with trusted partners whom consistently deliver."



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