Vodafone, IBM Team for Hybrid Cloud Service
September 13, 2017
a new agreement with IBM, Vodafone is offering an international service
that enables enterprises to support the movement of VMware-based
workloads on a Vodafone Hosted Private Cloud to and from the IBM Cloud.
The new service means Vodafone customers can more easily and quickly
deploy and move VMware-based workloads with confidence, speed and scale
globally, while supporting growing data residency needs.
Working with IBM, Vodafone is helping its clients tackle one of the most
pressing IT challenges for enterprises; moving existing VMware workloads
from on premises environments to the cloud without incurring the cost
and risk associated with re-tooling operations, re-architecting
applications and re-designing security policies.
With over half a million enterprises running an estimated 50 million
workloads, enterprises need fast, easy and cost effective ways to deploy
and move VMware workloads between on-premises and cloud environments and
across geographic boundaries.
The IBM Cloud capability helps clients meet this growing demand by
extending the global footprint of Vodafone’s Hosted Private Cloud
service and helping establish a new hybrid cloud offering for
enterprises. This new service is designed to help Vodafone enterprise
customers reduce latency by locating applications closer to users while
maintaining data within a security-rich global network.
In utilising VMware NSX network virtualisation across Vodafone’s global
network, a single virtual data centre based on VMware was created to
bridge between the Vodafone Hosted Private Cloud and the IBM Cloud. This
enables enterprises to establish true application portability and burst
capability across a geographically diverse data centre footprint using a
single management portal.
The Vodafone Hosted Private Cloud solution and the IBM Cloud offers a
number of advantages including:
- With Vodafone’s and IBM’s
expertise, solutions and cloud infrastructure enterprises can quickly
manage and scale their workloads utilising the VMware cloud software,
processes and APIs with which they are already familiar.
- The Vodafone network and Hosted
Private Cloud capabilities will allow customers to rapidly provision new
or scale existing workloads across 19 countries as a result of the
combined Vodafone and IBM cloud data centre footprint.
- Enterprises requiring compliance
and data residency regulation are able to move workloads easily to the
appropriate geography and are able to have greater flexibility to
respond to changes as needs evolve.
- As well as benefitting from
flexible, consumption based pricing models, access to professional
services, enterprises can also access the combined possibilities of
Vodafone connectivity and IoT capabilities.
- Enable Vodafone customers to tap
into IBM’s hybrid cloud capabilities and relationship with VMware to
expand on the value from their existing investments while giving them
on-demand, scalable access to infrastructure and services, including
higher value IBM services like Watson.
Responding to the announcement, Ajay Patel, senior vice president,
Product Development, Cloud Services, VMware said, “VMware is pleased to
see Vodafone and IBM partner to empower our mutual customers to innovate
across clouds using VMware Cloud Infrastructure. This new offering from
Vodafone and IBM will enable businesses to utilize a globally
consistent, common operating model for running, managing and securing
their workloads across clouds.”
director of Cloud and Hosting Services Greg Hyttenrauch said, “IBM is an
excellent partner for Vodafone. The combination of our network and our
VMware based Hosted Private Cloud with the global reach of IBM’s
capabilities gives customers more flexibility, more choice and the
possibility of a true hybrid cloud. There is no doubt in my mind that we
are starting out on a long and fruitful relationship.”
Sebastian Krause general manager IBM Cloud Europe added, “The IBM Cloud
is bringing expanded capabilities to Vodafone by providing its customers
with quick and easy access to a variety of higher value services across
a broader geographical footprint than ever before. Through this
collaboration, we are further helping enterprises take advantage of the
opportunity and value of cloud.”