IBM and VMware are teaming up to enable enterprise customers to extend their existing workloads from on-premises software-defined data centers to the cloud. 

IBM announced the news yesterday at its InterConnect 2016 conference in Las Vegas.

IBM customers can now leverage VMware’s technologies with IBM’s 45 cloud data centers worldwide. The jointly-designed architecture and cloud offering by IBM-VMware will enable customers to automatically provision pre-configured VMware SDDC environments, consisting of VMware vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN on the IBM Cloud, company officials said.

IBM Needs a Boost

Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM's stock  — which climbed higher than $176 in the past year — closed yesterday at less than $134. The company is looking for a boost — and looking toward the cloud to get it.

Martin Schroeter, IBM’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, said in the company's fourth-quarter 2015 conference call that cloud, analytics mobile, social and security grew 26 percent and delivered $29 billion in revenue. They now represent 35 percent of IBM, he said, up from 22 percent two years ago.

"With 57 percent revenue growth over the last year, cloud is now a $10 billion business for us," he added.

The VMware investment speaks to its growing focus on the cloud.

“This partnership, an extension of our 14-year plus relationship with IBM, demonstrates a shared vision that will help enterprise customers more quickly and easily embrace the hybrid cloud,” Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, said in a statement. “Our customers will be able to efficiently and securely deploy their proven software-defined solutions with sophisticated workload automation to take advantage of the flexibility and cost effectiveness of IBM Cloud.

ibm-vmware partnership

How It Works

IBM will use its CloudBuilder tools and workload automation capabilities to automatically provision pre-configured or custom workloads to the cloud. This, IBM officials said, is validated by VMware's design patterns for Software Defined Data Center architectures. VMware will also extend vRealize Automation and vCenter management tools to deploy and manage environments on the IBM Cloud, as if they are part of a customer’s local data center. 

The two companies also will jointly market and sell workload migrations, disaster recovery, capacity expansion and data center consolidation.

"We are reaching a tipping point for cloud as the platform on which the vast majority of business will happen,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud.  “The strategic partnership between IBM and VMware will enable clients to easily embrace the cloud while preserving their existing investments and creating new business opportunities."

Other #IBMInterConnect News

IBM also announced:

  1. The next phase of its roadmap to bring "Swift to the Cloud" with a preview of a Swift runtime and a Swift Package Catalog to help enable developers to create apps for the enterprise. IBM calls the announcement a "key next step in IBM and Apple's shared journey to help enterprises advance their mobile strategy with innovative app design, analytics, process transformation and integration required for a mobile first experience." 
  2. A cloud-based solutions that will leverage Siemens Building Technologies expertise and IBM Internet of Things capabilities to help corporate real estate owners across multiple industries drive business results and meet energy efficiency goals. 
  3. A partnership with GitHub, a software platform used by more than 12 million developers to collaborate, to help advance the development of next generation cloud applications for enterprise customers. IBM and GitHub plan to deliver GitHub Enterprise as a service on Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud Platform, to customers across private and hybrid cloud environments. 
  4. Extension of IBM's pervasive software platform to the cloud, helping enable clients to connect to data, application or transaction system. This move aims to make it easier for developers to unlock the valuable data, knowledge and transaction systems, such as supply chain, inventory management systems and detailed customer records, at the center of global business.