IBM’s InterConnect 2016 conference kicked off today, with the company making cloud-based announcements for its product lines. Chief among them was a new partnership with VMware to bring virtual-machine-hosted applications into IBM’s cloud-based offerings.
The IBM announcement was riddled with partnerships, many of which were focused on bringing the benefits of IBM’s cloud offerings to existing customers of these third-party services. GitHub will be offering its enterprise edition within IBM’s cloud as a hosted GitHub solution. The collaboration will also yield Bluemix integrations for IoT users based on GitHub.
Chris Wanstrath, cofounder and CEO of GitHub, said that “Great software is no longer a nice-to-have in the enterprise, and developers expect to be able to build software quickly and collaboratively. By making GitHub Enterprise available on the IBM Cloud, even more companies will be able to tap into the power of social coding, and build the best software, faster.”
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IBM’s cloud will also host VMware virtual machines. As part of the VMware family, the IBM Cloud will be part of the VMware vCloud Air Network, and will enable hybrid cloud deployments inside enterprises.
Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, said, “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. 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.”
Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud, said, “We are reaching a tipping point for cloud as the platform on which the vast majority of business will happen. 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.”
IBM expanded its cloud offerings in other ways as well. It introduced WebSphere Cloud Connect, which takes existing applications and turns them into easily discoverable APIs for cloud-based hosting.