VMware around the world

VMware around the world

I just returned from a two–week trip as part of IBM’s Fast Start conference. We visited Madrid and Bangkok; next week the conference travels to Las Vegas. Fast Start is designed to enable IBM’s sales and tech sales teams, as well as our business partners, to more effectively sell and solution IBM’s offerings.

VMware on IBM Cloud was a big part of this conference! We provided training for sellers on IBM Cloud’s VMware portfolio, and deep dives for our technical sellers and partners on VMware solutioning, networking, storage, security, and encryption. By far the most popular sessions were on the new VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) offering that we released in January. HCX radically simplifies the VMware workload migration process, and many IBM Cloud VMware engagements around the world are now looking to HCX as their solution for cloud migration. I’m excited to see the momentum of VMware on IBM Cloud building in 2018.

IBM Cloud for VMware at VMworld 2017

IBM Cloud for VMware at VMworld 2017

IBM has a significant lineup of activities at VMworld US 2017. I’m particularly excited about Dr. Michio Kaku’s session on Wednesday.

I’ll be speaking on Monday about integration between VMware applications and broader IBM Cloud services, and I’ll also be present at the IBM booth, for both US and Europe conferences. If you’re there, be sure to stop by and say hi!

Be sure to also check out our hands-on labs available at VMworld.

What’s new with IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

What’s new with IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions just released the following updates:

Don’t forget that Zerto Disaster Recovery also remains available as a service for IBM Cloud for VMware. Zeb Ahmed provides some guidance on thinking about backup versus  disaster recovery, and Zerto recently received an award for their ransomware protection capabilities!

What’s new with IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

This week IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions released our May version 1.6 release. The most significant changes in this release are the availability of new hardware choices, and the move to our new vCenter Server architecture, which allows for high availability deployments and aligns with our premier Cloud Foundation offering architecture.

Zane Adam, VP of IBM’s dedicated private cloud offerings, writes to share more details about the IBM, HyTrust, and Intel partnership to offer IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization on top of our VMware offerings.

IBM Cloud also recently announced the general availability of Veeam Availability Suite on IBM Cloud. This offering is independent of the VMware offerings, meaning that you can deploy it in IBM Cloud for our VMware automated offerings, your own custom VMware environments in IBM Cloud, or your own Hyper-V environments in IBM Cloud.

I’ve written two blog posts on the IBM Bluemix blog, highlighting the importance of considering all of the options and factors in migrating to the cloud, and also exposing some common security myths about the cloud aren’t true of IBM’s dedicated private cloud offerings.

IBM Cloud at ZertoCON

IBM Cloud offers Zerto Virtual Replication as one of the add-on services for our VMware Solutions offerings, enabling VM replication and migration between IBM’s cloud and on-premise installations in either direction. IBM Cloud’s Zerto service is a compelling foundation for disaster recovery of VMware workloads, whether you are looking to replicate your own workloads or provide disaster recovery services to your own customers. We’re proud to be one of the sponsors of ZertoCON 2017 and one of Zerto’s featured cloud service provider partners.

Don Wales discussing Zerto's cloud partnerships
Don Wales discussing Zerto’s cloud partnerships at ZertoCON 2017

If you’re in Boston for ZertoCON 2017, be sure to check out Zeb Ahmed’s presentation on Tuesday, How to Master Disaster Recovery for Enterprise Applications in IBM Cloud.

Hybrid cloud management

Hybrid cloud management

My colleague Andre Tost wrote recently on the problem of hybrid cloud management and on IBM’s vision to solve hybrid cloud management challenges in our new Cloud Automation Manager offering that was recently announced at IBM InterConnect.

Andre discusses the workflows that are addressed by a hybrid cloud management product. He carefully differentiates hybrid cloud management from related tools, such as deployment managers and configuration managers, and shows how they fit together to support comprehensive application and infrastructure lifecycle management.

IBM Cloud Automation Manager

VMware at IBM Interconnect 2017

VMware at IBM Interconnect 2017

IBM’s Interconnect conference is March 19-23 this year. There’s quite a few interesting sessions currently lined up related to VMware and IBM Cloud:

I hope to see you at Interconnect 2017!

IBM Cloud and VMware Cloud Foundation

IBM Cloud and VMware Cloud Foundation

This morning, Pat Gelsinger of VMware announced the availability of VMware Cloud Foundation, a complete solution for provisioning and maintaining VMware virtualization environments. IBM Cloud’s vice president, Robert LeBlanc, joined Pat on stage at VMworld 2016 to announce the availability of VMware Cloud Foundation in IBM Cloud’s global public cloud infrastructure.

Using VMware Cloud Foundation to automate the deployment of vSphere hypervisors, vCenter, NSX, VSAN, and SDDC Manager, IBM and VMware have been able to reduce the time to provision a fully virtualized and validated compute, storage, and networking environment in the public cloud from weeks to hours. The resulting environment, built on the global reach and secure foundation of the IBM Cloud, can be scaled as needed to accommodate additional workload, and uses Cloud Foundation’s capabilities to manage and maintain the currency of the environment.

architecture

Today’s announcement builds on the IBM-VMware partnership announced in February, and represents significant effort by both IBM and VMware engineering. The IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions offering of VMware Cloud Foundation is planned to be available in October 2016.