IBM and VMware are taking their long-standing technology partnership to the next level, promising to jointly develop and market more industry-specific products and services to help enterprises get more value. Their hybrid cloud deployments.
The pair are long-time collaborators, working together for more than two decades, culminating in the creation of offerings such as IBM Cloud for VMware solutions setup. It was launched in 2016 and is geared towards enabling enterprises to run, migrate and manage their on-premise VMware workloads in Big Blue’s public cloud environment.
However, this new phase of their partnership will focus on co-development offerings for enterprises in highly regulated industries including financial services, healthcare and the public sector to help accelerate their digital transformation plans.
They are committed to expanding the VMware and IBM Joint Innovation Fund, which was established in 2018 and is designed to facilitate collaboration between the firms’ engineering, sales and marketing functions to help their joint customers solve their technology problems.
Extending the functionality of the IBM Cloud Platform to benefit VMware users, the fund has resulted in 20 hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence projects to date.
As an example, the firm cited the development of a VMware-enabled reference architecture integrated into the IBM Cloud for Financial Services platform.
“The new agreement will extend the lab’s innovation pipeline for another three years with funding for the development of joint products and solutions,” the companies confirmed in a joint statement.
Additionally, the technology tie-up between the two tech giants has seen IBM Consulting sign up to become a VMware Global Systems Integrator Partner to provide additional support to enterprises on their journey to the cloud.
“In today’s market, organizations want to modernize and transform operations quickly,” said Howard Bovill, head of IBM Cloud Platform. “But modernization and innovation cannot come at the expense of security and trust built with clients.
“Together, IBM and VMware are supporting our mutual clients in a regulated industry by offering something that the other two companies are not: more easily deploying hybrid cloud services securely, wherever they want to run.”
Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice-president and general manager of VMware’s cloud infrastructure business group, said the arrangement will bring enormous benefits to both companies’ customers.
“With IBM and VMware, our customers get a combination of innovation and consulting experience based on decades of close collaboration and experience addressing the business challenges of thousands of customers around the world,” said Lohmeyer.
“This ongoing collaboration will enable us to better streamline the user experience for our mutual enterprise customers looking to run VMware mission critical workloads that require high levels of security, resiliency and compliance support in the financial services and regulated industries.”
The news of the expanded partnership between IBM and VMware comes at a time of major change for both companies. VMware is still on track to be acquired by BroadcomFirst year anniversary of breaking ties with IBM The managed infrastructure services business is coming in November 2022.