IBM Corp. and VMware Inc. are expanding their long-standing partnership to better support clients’ information technology modernization initiatives.
The companies Announced the movement today at the VMware Explore 2022 conference in San Francisco. The expanded alliance places a particular emphasis on public sector organizations as well as private sector companies in regulated industries such as healthcare and finance.
As part of the expanded alliance, VMware has named IBM’s IBM Consulting division as a Global Systems Integrator Partner. IBM Consulting will provide services aimed at helping organizations modernize their workloads and move them to newer technology infrastructure. In addition, the division will help organizations with day-to-day maintenance work related to running applications.
“This continued collaboration will enable us to better optimize 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 in financial services and regulated industries,” he said. Mark Lohmeyer, Senior Vice President. President and General Manager of VMware’s cloud infrastructure business.
Another focus of the expanded partnership is the joint VMware and IBM Innovation Lab. Originally launched in 2018, the lab is a hub where employees from the two companies collaborate on joint engineering initiatives. IBM and VMware will provide additional funding for the center to enable it to continue developing new offerings.
The company today says that VMware and the IBM Joint Innovation Lab have completed 20 hybrid cloud and AI projects since launch. As part of its work, the lab has produced multiple reference architectures, blueprints that facilitate the use of IBM and VMware products in the same technology environment.
Last year, IBM expanded its product portfolio with a platform called IBM Cloud Satellite. The platform enables customers to deploy key services from the company’s public cloud in their on-premises data centers. IBM today announced that it will equip IBM Cloud Satellite with enhanced support for on-premises workloads running on VMware software.
“Together, IBM and VMware are supporting our mutual customers in regulated industries by offering something no other company offers, to more easily leverage hybrid cloud services securely, wherever and however they want to run them,” said Howard Boville, senior vice president. . President of IBM Cloud Platform.
Last year, IBM spun off its managed infrastructure services division into a separate company called Kyndryl Holdings Inc. that is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange. A few weeks after the spin-off, VMware Announced a new collaboration with Kyndryl focused on the virtualization vendor’s Tanzu suite of multicloud products. As part of the collaboration, Kyndryl will provide IT management, implementation and consulting services to help companies use Tanzu in their technology environments.