At VMworld Europe 2017, IBM and Dell EMC announced a strategic partnership to enable Dell’s commercial customers extend their VMware environments- on-premises and public cloud workloads, to the IBM Cloud with ease. This will help them create new business opportunities with access to IBM’s cloud-native services including cognitive and analytics.
This agreement aims at extension of IBM cloud reach for VMware solutions.
In a bid to help its customers quickly and embrace their digital transformations successfully, Dell EMC will offer its customers’ VMware vCenter Server on the IBM Cloud. This in turn will help them in rapid extension of on-premises data center capacity into the public cloud and realize the benefits of investments done in VMware tooling and scripts, and training.
This will provide VMware users a familiar, predictable and valuable experience and help them drive their company growth.
As a part of the Barcelona agreement, customers will not only migrate enterprise applications to the IBM-hosted environment but also maintain the same level of control and visibility as if it were part of their own data center.
Customers can choose to run VMware solutions on dedicated bare metal servers, encrypt data at rest on attached storage and connect on-premises environments to IBM’s global network of nearly 60 cloud data centers in 19 countries.
Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, cloud provider software business unit, VMware said, “Through the resale of IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, Dell EMC can offer their commercial customers a hybrid cloud choice with VMware offerings ‘as-a-Service’ as they make the cloud transition. VMware Cloud Infrastructure enables customers to run, manage, connect and secure their applications across common operating environment, empowering them with a new level of IT agility and better economics.”
“Companies in every industry need fast and easy ways to deploy and move workloads to the cloud while not compromising security,” said Faiyaz Shahpurwala, general manager, IBM Cloud.
He further added,“This agreement makes it easier than ever for Dell’s thriving channel of commercial customers to access VMware’s capabilities on IBM Cloud. Now, these organizations can rapidly deploy and scale pre-configured solutions that optimize their existing IT investments, while using the public cloud to extract new insights and value.”
Barcelona announcement, is also an extension of the existing partnership of IBM with VMware, inked in 2016, with a vision to help enterprise customers embrace the hybrid cloud, with more ease and speed . Also, to enable customers secure and efficient deployment of their software-defined solutions without having to retool operations, re-design security policies and re-architect applications.
In Q4 2017, Dell EMC will begin reselling VMware solutions on IBM Cloud to its commercial customers.