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IBM and VMware are expanding their existing collaboration to make it easier for companies to switch to hybrid cloud environments. In addition, both companies will help end users to modernise applications with Kubernetes and containers.

The two companies have been working together for quite some time to make the IBM Cloud suitable for the many VMware solutions. Under the new partnership, they will now focus on helping companies implement a hybrid cloud approach to developing, running and deploying applications within multi-client environments.

The solutions now in place should help end users accelerate their acceptance of hybrid cloud environments without spending a lot of money, running the risk of redesigning applications and redesigning security policies.

IBM Cloud fully capable of handling VMware workloads

The first solution, says Big Blue and VMware, is to make a fully automated cloud architecture available worldwide for business-critical VMware workloads. This should help users avoid downtime of cloud applications and automate failovers within IBM Cloud regions.

Concretely, the solution consists of the IBM Cloud infrastructure, VMware-defined data center technologies and Intel Optane, DC SSD and IBM Services that cover different business needs. These needs include IBM and VMware networking, storage, resiliency and tools for monitoring and troubleshooting cloud applications.

Modernisation of applications with containers

Another suite of solutions for hybrid cloud environments focuses on helping end users modernize containerized applications, whether they are deployed on premise, in private or public cloud environments.

In concrete terms, these include IBM Cloud Private Hosted, which can now be installed on VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud. This enables the management and orchestration of virtual machines and containers within a common security model and private network. The solution also allows end users to upgrade applications with IBM Cloud Private services, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence.

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions now integrated with IBM Cloud Kubernetes. This solution provides end users with a fully managed Kubernetes environment, allowing them to focus on application development.

VMware NSX-T Data Center now forms a bridge between Big Blue’s private cloud solution and the Kubernetes service. This allows more virtual cloud networks to be used, according to both suppliers.

Finally, VMware vRealize Operations is now available on IBM Power Systems to support on-premise workloads. VMware Watson must provide enhanced customer service through MyVMware’s support portal.

Other cooperation

Both companies also announce a Joint Innovation Lab to develop even more interesting solutions and services. In doing so, they want to continue to ensure that customers can move, modernise and run any application, VM or container, whether traditional or business critical, in the IBM Cloud.

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