On Tuesday, VMware and IBM announced and expansion of their partnership by making cloud-hosted desktop and application services available to Horizon Air customers through the IBM Cloud. This could give enterprise users more flexibility in accessing critical business apps or data.

VMware’s Horizon Air will now be able to deliver cloud-hosted virtual Windows desktops and published applications via the IBM Cloud to desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

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Throughout 2016, both VMware and IBM will market and sell VMware Horizon Air portfolio globally. According to a press release announcing the expansion, the integration of IBM Cloud will VMware Horizon Air will provide customers with the following capabilities:

  • 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 data center connectivity.
  • Flexible monthly subscription pricing for cost-effective provisioning of cloud-hosted desktops and applications.

The strategic partnership between the two companies was originally announced back in February 2016. The original intent was to help customer more effectively transition their existing workloads to the cloud, and this partnership expansion seems to be keeping with that goal. Previously, the partnership added tools like sophisticated workload automation as well.

“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,” said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware.

VMware Horizon Air is projected to be available on IBM Cloud sometime in Q3 2016.

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Popular CRM suite provider, SugarCRM, also announced that it was making its CRM platform available on the IBM Cloud for “greater security, data isolation and performance.”

“IT strategy should not be held hostage by vendors who offer a proprietary, multi-tenant cloud configuration as the only option. Instead, choice should be the rule of the day for cloud deployments, so organizations can implement systems in a way that fits their business and IT needs,” said Clint Oram, co-founder and CTO at SugarCRM.

Both IBM and SugarCRM have been working with VMware for quite some time. The expanded partnerships offer IBM and VMware a chance to become more competitive in the cloud services market, while SugarCRM gets access to more customers and compliance tools through IBM.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. IBM announced that it is expanding its partnership with both VMware and SugarCRM, who will both be offering specific products on the IBM Cloud.
  2. As IBM seeks to become more competitive in the cloud space, it is important that it continues to align itself with other enterprise leaders like VMware and SugarCRM.
  3. Through the partnership, VMware and SugarCRM get access to IBM’s cloud capabilities and, potentially, some of its customers as well.