IBM and VMware recently announced a partnership to offer VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud.
The two companies originally teamed up to offer VMware’s solution offerings on the IBM Cloud in February 2016. Then they took that collaboration a step further at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas. Now, VMware is explaining more about what makes this offering a major game changer.
What is VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud?
Essentially, VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud brings together several VMware offerings, including VMware vSphere, vSan, and NSX into a natively integrated stack of virtual compute, virtual storage, and virtual networking on IBM Cloud bare-metal servers. This allows you to operate the platform environment independently or as a hybrid extension of your on-premises datacenter.
IBM and VMware also provide additional software for the platform and have integrated all of it with VMware SDDC Manager to enable a single, integrated lifecycle management capability and simplify the deployment process.
Benefits of VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud
Overall, the goal of VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud is to provide users with an enterprise-grade platform that is easy to deploy, scale, maintain, and host in your choice of IBM datacenters around the world.
More specifically, deploying the the platform on dedicated bare-metal servers offers improved control and security features to enterprises. The single-tenant deployment full administrative access to both the hardware and software deployments also lets IT professionals maintain control of the underlying stacks along with the performance of their workloads. This all leads to a more seamless experience so you can spend less time deploying and training staff to handle all the various components.
What to expect in the future
Looking forward, IBM and VMware plan to continue their collaboration and bring more updates and enhanced features in the future. The companies teased a new Secure Virtualization solution for starters. So keep an eye out for new offerings in the coming weeks and months.
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