IBM and VMware have announced a extension of the collaboration agreement that they maintained until now and that is intended to make it easier for them to modernize hybrid cloud environments. As part of this expanded collaboration, IBM Consulting to be a VMware GSI PartnerIn addition, both companies will offer new jointly engineered solutions from IBM and VMware Cloud, which they will jointly develop and bring to market. IBM Consulting will provide services for the migration, modernization and management of workloads in hybrid and multicloud environments in an open and secure manner.
IBM and VMware’s goal is to help their clients in regulated industries, including financial services, healthcare and the public sector; address the cost, complexity, and risk of migrating and modernizing mission-critical workloads to the cloud. The joint offering from IBM and VMware is also intended to improve the options and level of flexibility of companies’ digital transformation strategies.
Also Joint VMware and IBM Innovation Fund Expands, which has seen the launch, through the Joint Innovation Lab born in 2018, of 10 projects focused on hybrid cloud and AI to extend the capabilities of IBM Cloud and meet customer needs for mission-critical workloads from VMware. The lab brings together the engineering, sales, marketing and enablement capabilities of the two companies, and the new agreement will extend its line of innovation for a further three years by providing additional funding for joint product and solution development.
Additionally, IBM and VMware are working on enabling IBM Cloud Satellite for VMware to support VMware workloads in any environment they run in. This improves the security of IBM Cloud services in the clients’ data center. IBM Cloud Satellite offers a secure and unified cloud services layer.
Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platformhas pointed out about this extension of the agreement between both companies that «In today’s market, organizations want to rapidly modernize and transform their operations. But modernization and innovation cannot come at the cost of security and trust built with customers. Together, IBM and VMware are supporting our mutual customers in regulated industries by offering something no other company is doing: more easily leveraging hybrid cloud services securely, wherever and however they want to run them.«.
For its part, Mark Lohmeyer, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMwarehas highlighted that «With IBM and VMware, our clients gain a combination of innovation and consulting expertise built on decades of close collaboration and experience solving the business challenges of thousands of clients around the world. This ongoing collaboration will allow us to better streamline the user experience for our mutual enterprise customers looking to run mission-critical VMware workloads that require higher levels of security, resiliency, and compliance support across financial services and regulated industries.«.