IBM and VMware today announced they are continuing to expand their strategic partnership by enabling VMware Horizon Air customers to take advantage of cloud-hosted desktop and application services via the IBM Cloud.
This announcement reinforces IBM Cloud being a strategic cloud partner for VMware. VMware Horizon Air cloud services deliver full Windows desktops or published applications to desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. These services running on the IBM Cloud will give customers the flexibility to access critical apps and data from any device, anywhere, at anytime. By running Horizon Air on the IBM Cloud, the two companies are giving mobile users the flexibility to securely access applications and data from any device, anywhere at anytime.
Earlier in 2016, IBM and VMware announced a strategic partnership designed to help enterprises take better advantage of the cloud’s speed and economics to extend existing workloads from on-premises software-defined data center to the cloud.
Sanjay Poonen, head of global marketing and communications at VMware, had this to say :
Our strategic partnership with IBM continues to grow and evolve as we look to enable customers to access corporate applications and data through a secure digital workspace. Customers are asking for choice and innovation, while protecting existing IT investments. Offering VMware Horizon Air on the IBM Cloud addresses customer demands with an enterprise-grade cloud and services from two proven and trusted companies.
VMware Horizon Air enables organizations to deliver virtual desktops and applications to a broad range of end-users across devices and locations without the cost and hassle of managing or owning the required infrastructure.
With IBM Cloud, VMware Horizon Air customers will have the opportunity to enjoy:
- Enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure to support deployments at cloud scale and speed
- The ability to start locally and scale globally to new sites while delivering services that meet regional regulatory mandates
- IBM network performance and global datacenter connectivity
- Flexible monthly subscription pricing for cost-effective provisioning of cloud-hosted desktops and applications
The two companies will jointly market and sell the VMware Horizon Air portfolio of cloud services around the world throughout the year.