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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.