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Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Cloud Basket, Embrace Hybrid Cloud: IBM-VMware Partnership


Guest: Rohit Badlaney (LinkedIn)
Organization: IBM (Twitter)
Show: Newsroom

While many tech evangelists would say that public cloud is the way to go, a large portion of organizations are reluctant to put all their eggs into one basket, instead opting for hybrid multi-cloud environments. Yet this can be complex to manage, particularly for clients with regulatory needs. IBM is aiming to simplify this complexity for its clients, thinking through the entire lifecycle of the end client.

In this episode of TFiR: Newsroom, Rohit Badlaney, General Manager for IBM Cloud Product and Industry Platforms, talks about IBM’s 20-year partnership with VMware and some of their recent announcements. He goes into depth about some of the current trends in cloud and the challenges clients are facing, explaining how IBM and its partners are helping to solve these challenges.

Key highlights from this video interview:

  • Badlaney talks about IBM’s long-standing partnership with VMware. He shares details on some of the partner announcements that they made at VMware Explore this year, such as building IBM Cloud VMware as-a-service, helping their mutual clients with the launch of a new partner-managed service based on VMware Cloud editions, launching Dizzion’s VDI solution, and launching a shared data center-as-a-service offering.
  • Many organizations are choosing multiple cloud providers rather than just one. Badlaney discusses the evolution toward hybrid multi-cloud and why many clients are choosing this route to run their mission-critical workloads. He explains how IBM and VMware help clients on their cloud journey, thinking through the entire lifecycle of their workloads and the implications to their organizations and regulators.
  • Badlaney talks about some of the challenges clients face from a manageability perspective. He explains how IBM is helping to simplify things by providing a single management control plane and managing the whole lifecycle of VMware-as-a-service or Red Hat-as-a-service. IBM has also hyper-secured it with controls that the regulators and regulatory clients need.
  • IBM is heavily involved in developing a whole portfolio around generative AI, tooling such as data capabilities, governance around AI as well as focusing on generating their own language models. Badlaney gives us some insight into IBM’s key focuses and efforts within Generative AI and talks about their latest developments.
  • With KubeCon just around the corner, Badlaney talks about what to expect from IBM Cloud, including a lot of work around AI, working closely with Red Hat, and ensuring consistent capabilities with hybrid cloud platforms.

This summary was written by Emily Nicholls.