22-02-2016, 13:49 #1
[EN] IBM Hopes To Move Millions Of VMware Workloads To Softlayer Cloud
IBM Wants VMware Shops On its Cloud
February 22, 2016
But who doesn’t?
Reasonable people can argue about VMware’s future in cloud-oriented data centers, but every company with any sort of public cloud strategy wants to win over existing VMware vSphere customers. That most definitely includes IBM which on Monday announced a partnership with VMware, that it said will make it easy for VSphere customers to launch workloads on IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure.
So why all this love for VMware customers? Well, for one thing there are so very many of them. Something like 80% of corporate customers run VSphere server virtualization in their own data centers.
And, most of those customers are also looking at a way to put at least some of their data and applications into an enterprise-class cloud where they can take advantage of the flexibility and possible cost advantages that the use of shared computing, storage, and networking resources can provide.
Ironically what IBM is proposing at the IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas—an easy way to launch and manage vSphere workloads in its public cloud—is pretty much what VMware vCloud Air, which launched three years ago, was supposed to do.
But VMware’s decision to narrow the focus of vCloud Air from what was once characterized as a full-on competitor to Amazon Web Services, to a more niche offering, opened up this opportunity for IBM and other cloud players. Amazon Web Services launched tools a few years back to enable VMware administrators to manage both VMware and AWS workloads from the same screen. Ditto Microsoft with Azure.
But IBM’s ambitious promise today is that it can take vSphere virtualized workloads and make them “pushbutton accessible on our cloud,” said Jim Comfort, IBM’s chief technology officer for cloud told Fortune, in an interview prior to the launch.
“We can do that globally. If you do that with a provider here and one in Singapore we have globally connected network in 49 data
centers,” Comfort added.
So IBM is doing this for plain, ol’ vSphere but Comfort said it can do the same for shops running vSphere plus VMware’s NSX network virtualization technology or vSphere plus NSX plus vRealize management software. Some of these migration capabilities will be available this quarter, IBM said.
IBM is pushing the hybrid cloud message hard in that it says customers can opt to run some workloads on their own infrastructure and some in IBM’s cloud where they can manage it themselves or have IBM do it for them. They can also handle the migration themselves or retain IBM services to do it for them.
Comfort said that IBM can package and price all of this in way that’s attractive to customers. And, if the VMware shop is looking to lessenit’s reliance on VMware’s stack over time, IBM can also transition that customer to its own OpenStack-based services, Comfort said.
If Amazon, which is the leader in public cloud infrastructure—where servers, storage and networking is pooled and shared among customers—has an Achilles Heel it is its lack of a hybrid cloud story. Amazon makes it very easy to move data and applications into its cloud but not so easy to run parts of them in-house and in its own cloud. And while many big companies have put workloads in AWS, many also have reservations about going in whole hog.
For its part, VMware, also a huge proponent of hybrid cloud, is pushing the use of its NSX, vRealize , and Airwatch mobile device management across all the major public clouds.
At its show today, IBM will also announce that Github Enterprise software repository and collaboration site will run on IBM’s Bluemix software platform; and a new “event driven” technology called OpenWhisk that looks to be a competitor to AWS’ Lambda. IBM will also demonstrate Swift, the programming language open sourced by Apple, running on IBM’s cloud. This is another step in the Apple-IBM collaboration to bring big-business ready applications to the iPhone.
The IBM-VMware strategic hookup was driven by the mutual self-interest by two companies who see AWS, which appears to be en route to a $10-billion-a-year cloud business, as an existential threat.
22-02-2016, 13:52 #2
PRIBM and VMware Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Adoption
LAS VEGAS and PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM InterConnect -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced a strategic partnership designed to help enterprises take better advantage of the cloud's speed and economics. The new agreement will enable enterprise customers to easily extend their existing workloads, as they are, from their on-premises software-defined data center to the cloud.
With nearly 100 percent of Fortune 100 customers utilizing VMware technologies, this partnership will help preserve and extend customer investments across thousands of data centers. Customers will be able to leverage VMware's proven technologies with IBM's growing footprint of 45 Cloud Data Centers worldwide, helping companies scale globally while avoiding retooling expenses, development risks and reducing security concerns.
IBM and VMware have jointly designed an architecture and cloud offering that will enable customers to automatically provision pre-configured VMware SDDC environments, consisting of VMware vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN on the IBM Cloud.
With this 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.
The two companies also will jointly market and sell new offerings for hybrid cloud deployments, including seamless workload migrations, disaster recovery, capacity expansion and data center consolidation.
"This partnership, an extension of our 14-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."
"We are reaching a tipping point for cloud as the platform on which the vast majority of business will happen," said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. "The strategic partnership between IBM and VMware will enable clients to easily embrace the cloud while preserving their existing investments and creating new business opportunities."
Additional key benefits for customers when the new offerings are available will include:
- IBM and VMware will provide the expertise, solutions, and cloud infrastructure to help customers manage and scale their IT resources running in private and public clouds, utilizing the tools, processes and APIs with which customers are already familiar,
- Through sophisticated workload automation, clients will have the ability to quickly provision new or scale existing workloads to the IBM Cloud,
- Companies will have additional reach and scale to more easily start locally and scale globally with cloud capabilities, and also comply with data residency and other regulatory mandates,
- VMware customers will be able to use a flexible, monthly-based consumption pricing model that makes it more cost effective for users by enabling a simple pay-as-you-go option,
- The IBM Cloud will be a showcase platform in the VMware vCloud Air Network cloud provider ecosystem.
22-02-2016, 13:55 #3
VMware alliance leads Big Blue cloud blitz at #IBMInterConnectPaul Gillin | Feb 22, 2016
IBM kicks off its biggest-ever cloud computing conference in Las Vegas today with a fusillade of announcements intended to deliver a little shock and awe while underscoring the company’s commitment to hybrid cloud.
Along with more than new 50 cloud products and services that the company says will “make virtually any data set and app easy for developers to discover and use,” the company will announce a partnership with part-time cloud rival VMware Inc., hook up with Siemens AG’s Buildings Technologies Division on an Internet-of-things (IoT) partnership centered on Watson and announce that Bitly Inc. will move its 25-billion-link database entirely to the IBM cloud.
Two threads will run through the messages from the stage of IBM InterConnect 2016 this week: hybrid cloud and winning the hearts and minds of developers.
“We’re at the stage that people are saying ‘I’m sold on the cloud. Now how are we going to do it?’” said Adam Gunther, Big Blue’s director of cloud development services. “We understand customers’ data centers, we have a rich cloud portfolio and we’re in an ideal position to bridge them.”
The VMware partnership, which was announced by Robert LeBlanc, IBM Cloud senior vice president, and VMware President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach (above), may be the most intriguing news to come out of the first day of the event. The virtualization giant’s customers include every Fortune 100 company, and its technology is used in an estimated 80 percent of the world’s data centers, according to IBM.
“VMware has selected IBM Cloud to help enterprise customers to easily and securely extend their existing workloads from their on-premises software-defined data center to the public cloud,” IBM said in a press release. “The two companies will jointly market and sell new offerings for hybrid cloud deployments.”
“Customers are telling us they want the freedom to mix and match technologies from both vendors,” Gunther said. “This is about using the VMware toolset to manage both your own cloud and the public cloud.”
What wasn’t said is how VMware will rationalize the partnership with its own vCloud Air product and its bigger overall hybrid cloud strategy. VMware wasn’t making officials available prior to today’s announcement. Given the confusion surrounding VMware’s approach to the cloud, the partnership may be a no-lose proposition.
Another new piece of the hybrid puzzle is IBM Cloud Connect, a platform that enables customers to use WebSphere Cloud Connect middleware to integrate cloud and on-premise applications more easily than was possible in the past. IBM said Websphere boasts more than 200 million global instances as well as the largest population of Java developers. “What’s new is what we’re doing to make it easier to connect from the on-premise portfolio into the cloud,” Gunther said. For example, developers can trigger cloud events from IBM MQ Series messages or expose a broad range of cloud applications as application program interfaces (APIs) through IBM’s Bluemix platform-as-a-service software.
Other developer goodies include a cloud-based runtime and package catalog for Swift, the Apple-developed programming language that Apple open-sourced in December. Calling itself the first cloud provider to enable the development of native applications in Swift, IBM said Swift developers can now write server-side code that integrates with on-premise software through APIs.
Also new on the development side is Bluemix OpenWhisk, an open-source platform for building event-driven applications. The growth of IoT is accelerating the need for such tools, since applications will increasingly need to respond to events such as database updates or sensor alerts, Gunther said. OpenWhisk can be used to create APIs that kick off applications on-premise or in the cloud to perform a specific purpose and then shut them down again. Because applications can fire in VMs or containers in a matter of seconds, the cost and overhead of running idle servers is minimized.
In addition to the open-source software, IBM is also announcing an OpenWhisk community where developers can use the routines others have created. “We envision a world where devices are emitting events that anybody can tap into,” Gunther said. “The only way to truly get everyone on board is to open-source it.”
Also on the docket are new and updated APIs for Watson cognitive computing that IBM said enhance the platform’s emotional and visual senses. The partnership with Siemens is intended to “help corporate real estate owners across multiple industries drive business results and meet energy efficiency goals,” the IBM press release said.
22-02-2016, 13:57 #4
Janine Sneed @JanineSneed 19 minutes ago
23k attendees and we are streaming live. IBM is all in on Hybrid today and tomorrow! #ibminterconnect
22-02-2016, 13:59 #5
Erik Anderson @TalkToErik 1 minute ago
Video will exceed 80% of all Internet traffic by 2019 #IBMInterConnect #video
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VMware turns to IBM in the public cloudBrandon Butler | Feb 22, 2016
VMware and IBM today announced a broad new partnership that will allow VMware customers to extend their virtualized workloads into IBM’s public SoftLayer cloud.
For the public cloud market, the move is seen as somewhat of a reckoning on VMware’s public cloud strategy. VMware has had fits and starts building up its own IaaS public cloud. In the past year VMware has opted to not invest billions of dollars to construct data centers and build a public cloud IaaS platform to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Instead VMware is partnering with public cloud providers, with IBM being the latest example. Last year VMware announced a partnership with Google’s Cloud Platform to provide scale-out IaaS capacity for VMware customers.
For IBM the move could be an adrenaline boost for its cloud. The company is attempting to compete in the market with the “big three” strongholds, AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google. IBM is focusing on a three-pronged cloud strategy: building up an application development platform named BlueMix, which is based on the open source platform as a service Cloud Foundry; focusing on cognitive analytics with its Watson product line; and offering a bare-metal as a service based on technology it bought from SoftLayer.
IBM and VMware will be mutually beneficial to both companies, analysts who track this market say. “VMware is not set up to compete with public cloud vendors,” says RedMonk founder James Governor. “It was always a service provider play, so the IBM announcement makes sense.” Red Hat is taking a similar strategy, having gone on a blitz of partnerships with public cloud providers such as Google, Microsoft and Rackspace in recent weeks.
VMware’s cloud plans have been dwindling in the past year. In late January VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that the company would be narrowing its focus for its vCloud Air IaaS public cloud to focus on core competencies. Gelsinger also said it would level off its investments in vCA. This came months after VMware’s parent company EMC bought cloud provider Virtustream and attempted to merge VMware’s cloud products into that offering. Gelsinger resisted that move and has instead focused on partnering with IaaS vendors to provide customers with public cloud capability.
The IBM partnership is the latest partnership for VMware, but Damion Heredia, vice president of cloud platform services and Bluemix at IBM, says it is the deepest partnership VMware has had with a cloud provider thus far. Customers will be able to run the “full stack” of VMware management tools on IBM’s cloud, including VMware’s NSX virtual networking software. “You can spin up an environment that looks just like what you use behind your firewall,” he says.
In addition to the VMware news, IBM also announced that its cloud platform will be the first to support the Apple native programming language Swift. IBM also announced a partnership with GitHub, and launched a new open source event driven computing platform.
23-02-2016, 06:12 #9
Is IBM's Transformation For Real? One Wall Street analyst has his doubts.Barb Darrow
February 22, 2016
A negative analyst report about IBM is probably not what CEO Ginni Rometty was hoping for this week as Big Blue kicked off its big InterConnect Conference.
In a research note, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi expressed doubts that IBM’s much-trumpeted transformation—which relies heavily on its cloud, mobility, analytics and security businesses— is getting traction, or at least enough traction to offset the declines in its legacy businesses. Sacconaghi, a respected figure among investors, echoed concerns others have about IBM and which IBM execs have sought to downplay.
Sacconaghi’s bottom line:
The “theory” is that as the company’s strategic imperatives become larger over time, IBM’s growth rate will improve. The problem is that is hasn’t. While the strategic imperatives have grown $14B over the last 4 years (including acquisitions), IBM’s “core” revenues have declined by a stunning $30B, resulting in revenue declines (adjusted for currency and acquisitions and divestitures) in each of the last 4 years. Most sobering, IBM’s revenue growth rate on this normalized basis has not improved during the period.
The company continues to bet big on emerging markets including healthcare data analytics. Last week it announced its plan to acquire Truven Healthcare for $2.6 billion, for example. That’s a bold move, but skeptics wonder if these continuing investments will reap the necessary rewards. And there is some feeling that IBM is buying not only data and technology but customers for Watson, its marquee self-learning or artificial intelligence software, instead of selling that service to new customers the old-fashioned way.
A few weeks ago on IBM’s fourth-quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Martin Schroeter said the company’s performance in these strategic areas “accelerated” in the previous fiscal year.
“Together, cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security grew 26% and delivered $29 billion in revenue,” Schroeter noted. Together, he added, they represent more than one third of IBM’s business, up from 22% two years ago.
IBM, which had no comment for this story, has also claimed huge uptake of its Bluemix software development platform by thousands of new developers every week. But there is still a lack of big-name customers for cloud and data analytics services. Lots of partnerships and acquisitions for sure, but customers? Not so clear. Meanwhile Amazon and Microsoft continue their well-funded public cloud push.
Sacconaghi’s report comes just days after Morgan Stanleyanalyst Katy Huberty raised her rating of IBM from “equal weight” (or neutral) to “overweight” (or buy.) Huberty said the company is doing better at this multi-year transition than is generally accepted.
Sacconaghi plainly disagrees. He said shareholders need more detail about IBM’s key businesses, including software. For example, how much has that business declined and how much of its revenue comes from software that runs on old-school Unix-based hardware? The hope is that these questions will be asked (and answered) on IBM’s analyst briefing day this Thursday.
And, in cloud where IBM competes with Amazon Web Services in shared public cloud infrastructure and with a number of software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service players, a key question is how much of IBM’s “as-a-service” revenue comes from new customers and how much is due to a shift of existing customers from on-premises use of software to the newer model?
In Sacconaghi’s view, the jury is out even though IBM’s priority businesses are doing well.
The problem is that Big Blue’s overall growth is negative and not improving, he noted. That suggests, he wrote:
that IBM is losing wallet share from its customers, and market share of overall IT. Overall IT spend over the last few years has averaged about 2% – 3%. IBM’s revenues have been declining at about -2%. Moreover, IBM’s financials suggest that its strategic imperatives don’t appear to be improving its wallet share at customers – rather, since overall revenues are contracting, it suggests that IBM is not even keeping up with its customers’ shifting priorities.
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23-02-2016, 06:47 #10
Ben Kepes @benkepes 15 hours ago
I asked Eschenbach about what the VMware/IBM deal means for VCloudAir. His response "it's still a thing".