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IBM, Dell EMC Release Improved Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures

IBM and Dell EMC are improving their hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions by using virtualization.

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- IBM and Dell EMC made recent announcements on simplifying their respective hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions.

IBM is accelerating hybrid cloud adoption by providing its business partners access to VMware Cloud Foundation for additional VMware-based cloud services. IBM now offers its business partners more resources to help their clients extend their cloud environments.

For organizations expanding their cloud environments and moving workloads from on-premise servers to the cloud, VMware migration tools are now accessible in IBM environments. Entities already invested in IBM cloud do not have to switch service providers or add another solution to their environment for the migration.

"The availability of VMware solutions on IBM Cloud gives our partners a valuable resource to further drive hybrid cloud adoption among their customers," Avnet Technology Solutions Senior Vice President of Strategy and Specialist Business Units Sergio Farache said in a statement. "This is critical as more companies deploy cognitive computing, data analytics and IoT solutions.”

Organizations that have VMware-based cloud services running on the IBM Cloud can now automatically provision pre-configured VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) environments. SDDCs go beyond typical cloud environments by incorporating virtualization concepts in the data center.

SDDCs virtualize parts of the IT infrastructure and provide the virtualized solutions, such as networking, security, and storage as services. SDDCs use abstraction to bring different features of infrastructure architecture together. These virtualized environments give organizations more flexibility to scale up their infrastructure and save money on hardware because they are deployed in a cloud environment.

Entities migrating their current cloud or on-premise solution using the IBM Cloud have the option of choosing which VMware tool fits their needs. The automated platform integrates VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and SDDC Manager. Tools are available for moving to a public hybrid cloud environment, a private hybrid cloud environment, or a software-defined environment.

"Enterprises need fast and easy ways to deploy and move workloads between private and public cloud environments," IBM Cloud VP Zane Adam explained in a statement. "IBM is enabling organizations to scale and create new business opportunities while making the most of their existing IT investments in a hybrid cloud environment."

Dell EMC is also bringing virtualization into its hybrid cloud solution by including VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure to its offering. Organizations deploying their environment using Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud will be able to grow their hybrid cloud infrastructure as workload migrations present themselves.

VxRail Appliances are built for high-density work including graphics and can easily scale and deploy for on-premise users, as well as remote users in a hybrid offering. Hyper-converged configurations optimize virtualization to provide IT departments with simplified deployment and management of virtual workspaces.

"It's clear that enterprises are moving to hybrid cloud models, and they're looking for us to help simplify standing-up and managing these environments, which inevitably includes multiple cloud stacks, cross-cloud technologies and a combination of various off-premises and on-premises clouds," Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division President Chad Sakac said in a statement. "Hyper-converged infrastructure has quickly proven effective for core data center workloads and is becoming the answer for the on-premises part of hybrid cloud.” 

Traditional on-premise servers cannot scale up at the rate and value of hyper-converged or software-defined on-premise options. Furthermore, traditional servers don’t have the bandwidth to support the amount of data collected and used by healthcare organizations over a long period of time.

Hyper-converged solutions are more connected to the cloud aspect of the IT infrastructure, making it easier to move workloads taking up physical space to the cloud.