IBM and VMware extend partnership for hybrid cloud environments

New IBM solution will support cloud workloads at a targeted aggregate availability of 99.99%

VMware, IBM, Cloud computing, Virtualisation

IBM and VMware have announced new offerings to help accelerate enterprise hybrid cloud adoption.

The new IBM Services offering help migrate and extend mission-critical VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud. Also announced during VMware World Europe 2018 were new integrations to help enterprises to modernize applications with Kubernetes and containers.

“VMware is relied upon by virtually every large enterprise today, including 100 percent of the Fortune 100. Today these organisations can easily and securely extend these workloads into IBM’s global public cloud using Hybrid Cloud Extension for large-scale bulk migration and bi-directional application mobility,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “Now with the latest advancements in our relationship, we’re making it possible for customers to move, modernize and operate any application – VM or containerized, traditional or mission-critical – in the IBM Cloud.

According to research from Ovum, while 20% of business processes have already moved to the cloud, 80% of mission-critical workloads and sensitive data are still running on-premises because of performance and regulatory requirements. Businesses need an open, hybrid cloud approach to developing, running and deploying applications in a multi-cloud environment. IBM and VMware hope to jointly deliver new solutions to help enterprises accelerate hybrid cloud adoption without incurring the cost and risk typically associated with retooling operations, re-architecting applications and re-designing security policies.

As part of today’s news, IBM is enabling a fully automated, highly available managed global cloud architecture for mission-critical VMware workloads designed to help enterprises prevent downtime for cloud applications and automate failovers within an IBM Cloud region. This architecture will be managed by IBM Services and can be deployed across IBM Cloud’s 18 availability zones in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Mission-critical workloads are defined as essential to the survival of the business and so critical that outages affect brand integrity. The IBM solution will support these workloads at a targeted aggregate availability of 99.99%, which is higher than many clients can currently achieve with on-premises environments. The solution includes IBM Cloud infrastructure, VMware software-defined data centre technologies, Intel Optane DC SSD and IBM Services that cover a variety of enterprise needs including networks, storage, resiliency and other tools built for monitoring and troubleshooting cloud applications.

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