VMware (VMW) Horizon Air customers can utilize the company’s cloud-hosted desktop and application services through the IBM Cloud thanks to an expanded partnership between the virtualization giant and Big Blue.
VMware said it hopes to help improve its customers’ ability to access their apps and data from any location by adding its Horizon Air services to the IBM Cloud.
“Customers are asking for choice and innovation, while protecting existing IT investments,” said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, and head of global marketing and communications, VMware, in a statement. “Offering VMware Horizon Air on the IBM Cloud addresses customer demands with an enterprise-grade cloud and services from two proven and trusted companies.”
The news marks the latest development in VMware and IBM’s decade-long collaboration, including the two companies’ recent strategic partnership earlier this year.
“Every company will need to transition to the cloud to remain competitive,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. “The strategic partnership to support VMware Horizon Air on IBM Cloud, provides a fantastic example of how IBM and VMware are helping customers dramatically simplify this move.”
Both companies have pledged to jointly market and sell the VMware Horizon Air portfolio globally, according to the announcement. VMware Horizon Air on IBM Cloud is expected to be available sometime in Q3 2016.