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VMware has teamed up with IBM to bring the cloud to enterprises everywhere. To do this, we’veScreen Shot 2016-04-26 at 5.10.03 PM jointly designed an architecture and cloud offering that’ll allow customers to automatically provision software-defined data center (SDDC) environments, like VMware vSphere, NSX, and Virtual SAN on the IBM cloud.

Founded on a fourteen-year relationship, this new IBM/VMware cloud partnership brings together two great industry leaders to offer the next generation in hybrid cloud computing solutions. The partnership, according to a recent article in Forbes magazine, “Could impact millions of workloads and 80% of the world’s data centers.”

With a SDDC environment in place, customers will be able to deploy workloads in this hybrid cloud environment without modification, due to common security and networking models based on VMware

IBM will utilize its extensive CloudBuilder tools and workload automation capabilities to automatically provision pre-configured or custom workloads to the cloud, validated by VMware’s design patterns for software-defined data center architectures.  In addition, VMware has extended vRealize Automation and vCenter management tools to deploy and manage environments on the IBM Cloud, as if they are part of a customer’s local data center

Most of all, enterprise customers will be able to enjoy affordable, flexible, monthly-based consumption pricing model so they can pay for what they use as they use it.

“This partnership, an extension of our fourteen-year plus relationship with IBM, demonstrates a shared vision that will help enterprise customers more quickly and easily embrace the hybrid cloud,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware.  “Our customers will be able to efficiently and securely deploy their proven software-defined solutions with sophisticated workload automation to take advantage of the flexibility and cost effectiveness of IBM Cloud.”

The end result is a robust cloud offering that businesses of all sizes can enjoy.

To learn more about this announcement, read the press release here.

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