IBM picks up VMware's Horizon Air and SugarCRM for its cloud platform

VMware and SugarCRM making their respective wares available on IBM’s cloud

IBM’s cloud platform has scored a success with two partnerships that will see VMware host its Horizon Air virtual desktop service on the IBM Cloud, while SugarCRM is packaging its customer relationship management (CRM) software for customer deployment on the IBM Cloud.

The industry giant has spent the past few years ramping up its cloud infrastructure, notably through the acquisition of hosting firm SoftLayer in 2013, and its cloud presence now extends to a network of 46 data centres worldwide, a factor the firm partly credits for its new partnerships.

The move reinforces IBM Cloud as a strategic cloud partner for VMware, the firm said, building on an agreement between the two announced earlier this year. Hosting Horizon Air cloud services on IBM Cloud provides customers with a secure and scalable platform from which to deliver critical apps and data to users on any device, anywhere, at any time.

Horizon Air is essentially a platform for delivering virtual desktops and published applications to endpoint devices. It can be deployed on-premise, but using IBM’s cloud eliminates the need for customers to procure and manage the infrastructure to support it.

“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,” said Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s executive vice president for end-user computing.

VMware Horizon Air on IBM Cloud is expected to be available from the third quarter of 2016, while the two firms will jointly market the Horizon Air portfolio globally.

SugarCRM is likewise making its CRM platform available for deployment on the IBM Cloud, providing customers with the option to host it themselves on-premise or to offload it to a cloud provider with a global presence.

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