Virtualizing on IBM x86 Systems

IBM - Premier Business Partner

Combining VMware software with IBM servers can help you implement a highly reliable IT infrastructure. Dramatically reduce IT complexity and cost while running business-critical applications with confidence, build and manage your private cloud, and transform your infrastructure into a true software-defined data center.

Integrated Solutions

Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure

Achieve 100 percent faster performance 1 and 3X memory capacity 2 with a reliable, efficient and flexible private cloud and simplified management solution that enables business-critical applications.

Storage and Availability

Lower TCO by up to 50 percent with radically simple, high-performance, hypervisor-converged storage for virtual machines running on the ultimate IBM server designed for analytics and business-critical workloads.

Desktop/Application Virtualization and Mobility

Simplify IT management and control, lower costs and deliver a high-fidelity user experience across devices and networks for secure, anytime, anywhere access.


Harness VMware and IBM Global Services (IGS) IT consulting, outsourcing and support services offerings, with dedicated expertise in 18 industries.

Delivering Business Value

As partners, we offer an unparalleled level of solution quality and services, trusted by hundreds of thousands of customers around the world. We continue to make significant joint investments in product integrations, interoperability and value-add features that are evolving the way IT services are developed, delivered and deployed.

Trust VMware and IBM to deliver integrated solutions, tested and proven in customer environments, that increase agility, lower complexity and cost, and help accelerate your journey to a software-defined enterprise.

Enable your cloud journey

IBM and VMware deliver integrated virtualization solutions to automate and optimize your data center.

Read the IBM System x and VMware Solutions brief

“Running VMware vSphere on IBM System x servers provides us with an optimum environment for enabling cloud computing. We consider IBM and VMware to represent the ideal combination of hardware and software elements for facilitating modern virtualized infrastructures.”

Martin Wright, Managing Director, Techgate plc

[1] 100 percent performance improvement is based on preliminary results of SPECint*_rate_base2006, SPECfp*_rate _base2006, and TPC-E benchmarks, plus performance gains from eXFlash DIMM storage. SPEC and TPC benchmark results will be available at and, respectively, after 2/18/14. Configurations: four-socket x3850 X6 server using Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2 vs. four-socket server using the previous top-of-the-line E7-4870 (v1).

[2] 6 TB maximum memory vs. 2 TB or less for previous-generation competitive four-socket servers.