Since their 2013 acquisition of SoftLayer, IBM has evolved into a cloud powerhouse, offering a plethora of services from bare metal to fully managed and hosted environments. \u00a0So, it shouldn\u2019t be a great surprise that IBM Cloud was tapped to be one of the initial launch partners for VMware Cloud Verified. Recently, we spoke to Zane Adam, VP IBM Cloud, about what IBM brings to the program.\nAdam sees three major types of VMware-rich cloud engagements at IBM Cloud: First, those who want an unmanaged cloud where the user is responsible for the SLAs top-to-bottom; Second, users who want a higher SLA and therefore opt for platform managed services like patch management and backup; and third, users who demand end-to-end workload management from provisioning to managing the day to day lifecycle.\n\u201cThere are also users looking for help with their digital transformation\u201d, says Adam. \u201cOnce their VMware workloads are in the IBM Cloud it is straightforward to integrate IBM cloud-native services like Watson, IBM Cloud Container Service, Spark, and more to modernize and transform their code without the need to rewrite everything\u201d, he adds.\nFor many organizations, IBM\u2019s breadth of offerings \u2013 including services, solutions, and locations \u2013 make them the clear choice as a cloud partner. IBM Cloud has a large footprint of nearly 60 data centers worldwide, and users can choose to deploy in geographies with a particular compliance goal in mind, for example choosing a European location to help ensure their GDPR profile is in line with local demands.\nWhat does the combination of VMware and the IBM Cloud bring to enterprise customers? \u201cEnterprises use a gamut of technologies, and most already have relationships with both IBM and VMware\u201d, says Adam. \u201cCombined, we give them a choice of working with software they have already invested in for skills, tooling, scripting and more, and vendors that they have faith in. Our mutual customers go through a journey of transformation that will only accelerate as more VMware workloads are on the IBM Cloud\u201d, he adds.\nIt is perhaps IBM\u2019s vast portfolio of business solutions, services, and skilled professionals with years of VMware experience that will attract enterprises looking for a cloud home for the VMware workloads. Adam points to business continuity and disaster recovery as a major cloud driver today.\n\u201cIBM Cloud separates itself from other cloud providers by automating and building services practices for industry leading business continuity and disaster recovery solutions like VMware, Zerto, Veeam, and Spectrum Protect for complete peace of mind\u201d, he adds.\nAdam shared a large list of cloud-native services that the IBM Cloud offers, that includes computing, networking, storage, mobility, Watson AI, IoT, data analytics, security, DevOps and integration services to name a few. \u201cIt\u2019s a full-stack platform for cloud native applications\u201d, says Adam.\nBecoming a Cloud Verified partner was a no-brainer for IBM. \u201cThis is important to our customers who have a big installed VMware base. When they\u2019re looking for a cloud, and they have VMware workloads, we want to have a solution for them that brings their data and workloads into the IBM Cloud, and allows them to access new options as well\u201d, he adds.\nRead more about the VMware-IBM relationship.