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Sam Werner
Vice President, Product and Business Leader at IBMStorage

A high energy leader with a rare combination of business, technical, and international experience in enterprise software and Cloud. A highly versatile and strategic leader with experience across all disciplines. Known as a driver of change, growth, and transformation. Led the storage software portfolio for IBM, established a marketing strategy for an analytics software startup, and co-founded a cosmetics company that is now distributed worldwide. Spent two years in Shanghai, China leading business development for the IBM Systems Cloud business across China and all growth markets. An IBM Master Inventor with more than 20 patents, a Computer Engineering degree, and an MBA. Currently responsible for the entire storage portfolio at IBM.

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Sam Werner, VP of Storage Product Management at IBM, joins Stu Miniman for coverage of VMworld 2020.

#VMworld #theCUBE #IBM @SiliconANGLE theCUBE @VMware @IBM

https://siliconangle.com/2020/09/29/ibm-weighs-long-standing-partnership-vmware-vmworld/

IBM weighs in on its long-standing partnership with VMware

BY TERYN O'BRIEN

As VMware Inc. continues to embrace cloud and the digital transformation, it relies on a lot of big partnerships, including its decade-long alliance with IBM. So how is the partnership with VMware and IBM going these days, especially when it pertains to data storage and security?

“We do have a very long relationship and history with VMware,” said Sam Werner (pictured), vice president and offering manager of storage at IBM. “And the thing I love about the VMware community is … people in the VM world really understand the importance of storage and having a strategy around storage for how it’s deployed, simplifying the management, automating things and … most importantly, bringing some of the security aspects — especially in today’s world.”

Werner spoke with Stu Miniman, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during VMworld. They discussed IBM Cloud and VMware’s partnership around storage, as well as topics like Kubernetes. (* Disclosure below.)

VMware and IBM’s integrations with storage and security

Because of the importance of storage and security around storage, VMware has very strong integration with IBM’s FlashSystem family, making it easy to deploy and ensure that companies have end-to-end data protection, encryption and everything it needs to secure mission-critical applications in a VMware environment, according to Werner.

“IBM is a leader in data protection software, and we’ve made large investments in our integration with VMware to ensure our customers are able to secure their data and ensure that they have backups that they can easily restore,” Werner said. “And we’ve tried to make it simple enough that the VM administrator can actually do it on their own.”

If companies want to backup their VMware environment on Amazon Web Services, they can use IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, on-prem or in IBM Cloud. One of the benefits of Spectrum Protect Plus is that it allows companies to take snapshots of their data, allowing instantaneous recovery and leveraging this ability in on-prem environments and different cloud environments, according to Werner.

“It allows you to offload for longer-term backups and archives or disaster recovery, but it also allows you to do things like data migration, open up new analytics, make data available for analytics and other environments,” Werner said. “So I think that connection — both leveraging the underlying VMware capabilities, but having a very strong application running on top that can help you with the orchestration — gives you the ability to really take advantage of a hybrid multicloud environment.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of VMworld. (* Disclosure: IBM sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither IBM nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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From around the globe. It's the cue with digital coverage of vmworld 2020 brought to you by the end where and its ecosystem partners. Welcome back, I'm stupid man. In this is the cubes coverage of vmworld 2020 or just leave our 11th year at the show. Obviously the first time we're doing these virtually have, it wasn't back to the program. One of her. Cuba long is a regular run the program Sam Warner. He is the vice president of product at IBM Sam. Take so much for joining us. Thanks for having me. It's great to be with you again,

World virtually a different experience this year, but still just as exciting as always, history, between IBM in VMware. You know, I go back in my memory, to, like, 2,000 to most people hadn't even heard of virtualization, I was working for certain storage company and IBM, and HP and Dell. We're all banging on her door, saying you really need to support this stuff. This is really important. His pain in the subsequent years in a VMware, high-level message. I talked a lot about

Cloud. They've got a lot of big car. Including, you know, I've even for someone on the cloud side as well as the system side. So you know your team the relationship with that would be a more these days. It's a great intro. We do have a very long relationship in history with the person. I really understand the importance of storage and having a strategy around storage for Hollister Floyd simplifying, the management automating things and probably most importantly bring you to the security aspects especially in today's world. So we've got really, really strong integration with our flash system

family, making it very easy to ensure. You've got end-to-end data protection, encryption and everything. You need to secure your mission-critical applications in your VMware environment and we spent you know, IBM is Ali. And data protection software and we made large investments in our integration with VMware, to ensure our customers are able to secure their data and ensure that they have backups. They can easily restore and we try to make it simple enough that the VM administrator can actually do it on their own. One of the messages we hear from VMware, of

course, is that you can, you can take that damn word stacks and put lots of places. Of course, they have no heavy data center environment but live in Amazon with v m r n a w s mentioned that you know, IBM Cloud partnered with all the other clouds and from a data protection standpoint, really? They've made it so that their Partners can kind of come along with that story. So it is is, is what do you seen from your standpoint? Obviously, I expect the album cloud is a piece of it, but there are, you also your data protection? Does that play across end of the full spectrum of what being

worth doing? Do you want to back up your environment on AWS Spectrum, protect plus into a frown from you can do it an IBM Cloud, interesting. Because the data protection software is now being used for in a much broader use cases. We've moved to a world where you take snapshots of your data which allows you to do instantaneous recovery, it allows you to offload for longer-term backups in our Kaiser disaster recovery. But it also allows you to do things like data migration open up new analytics

available for analytics and other environments. So we're seeing our customers who are using Spectrum, protect sweet on-premises actually. Then leverage in different Cloud environments, boats for Dr. In the cloud, and for things, like Daft a store analytics, so I think that connection, you know, both need leveraging, the underlined VMware capabilities Very strong application running on top. The orchestration gives you the ability to really take advantage of a hybrid multi-cloud environment.

Something that really goes side-by-side. If we're talking about data protection, big conversations, we've been having customers last few years has been things like ever. And it's dealing with gdpr and cccp from California, as well as this cyber resiliency ransomware and everything like that. So how does that fit into? Give us? The give us the update on your end. It's a great question because as storage administrators, I think they struggle quite a bit with a lot of different priorities that are at odds, with each other. There's this big push for a. I

a big push for driving great insights from the institutional knowledge of an Enterprise and driving new value to customers. So you're obviously I'm building a neural networks. The problem is at odds with that strategy and making data available, you have gdpr requirements, and you also growing threats cyber threats out there. We've even seen it increase within this criminals back. So there's this increased threat and increased regulations, he really need a strategy for hanging a man's in actually. That's where something like a

different times a day. Do you want to make available for the actually bring that. Safe and secure and you can also bring the copy back later early on people would make copies and move it. Everybody lose track of the data, you don't really have a single source of truth anymore. That's really important to have a television catalog approach to doing this. Wonderful, you know, one of the other big things we see if the show obviously is VMware has a big push into it. You know that cloud-native discussion kubernetes containerization, you know, I've spoken with your team

plenty of times at the coupon Joe's soap connect us. You know there's still a little bit of, you know, two different worlds in ovm in containers. Yes they're coming together but you know its infrastructure versus app developers and often times you know there's there's the technology pieces and then of course as we always know this organizational challenges in case I can really slow things down, we don't plan properly, it's a really good point and a lot of the four capabilities you need to do today with data protection.

Vadp wasn't built overnight when you look at kubernetes and where it is today, it's still in pretty early stages of that, it doesn't CSI drivers, The Container Store genophage they allow you to do snapshots various storage vendors, that kind of different phases in their work on it a little bit of the Wild West. I would say right now in early on in in kubernetes environments or container environments they were used for stateless applications as we all know now that we're moving more mission-critical workloads and moving towards state flag locations data protection,

becomes critical from our customers is one of the biggest challenges. They say they're encountering in their digital transformation as they moved to a container world. So what we're doing, with Spectrum, protected classes were integrating directly into these CSI drivers and providing customers the capability to do application and contain snapshots about the date. But also in the event, you don't have to recover if there's a ransomware. if you lose a file,

it's so good to hear some of the progress here, you know, you and I we live through that in a fixing, the storage, for a virtual environment and really took about a decade to go from. Just okay, well, then I can back up everything too late. I can really have that VMI, you know, granularity over about five years into containerization. And you know, storage. You talk about the CSI plug in to talk about what we can do there. So it looks like we would learn from the past, we can accelerate bit what we're doing. So that in a week, we can have that that. Solution, you know, in these modern

environments they are obviously, were taking learnings that we got from those environments and we have a lot of customers who are leveraging their VMware environment a building on top of that. We also have others that are looking at moving towards bare metal, in some cases. So we need to provide a lot of the, the same level of automation integration that we have VMware environments soap. It's a shorter learning curve this time around, you know, so much maturation. What else should people know about these Solutions? You know. We're not

going to be you know, all jammed together and either San Francisco or Las Vegas, but that there's always great conversation. The show, you know, lots of customers. So you know, lots of learning. So what do you want people to take away from vmworld when it comes to IBM? I think you obviously the announcements the VMware making this week or very exciting. And I think you'll see that our storage platforms continue to, to come along with VMware and provide, I would say, the most secure and performance storage options of for VMware environments with

end-to-end encryption, our ability to do snapshots and cataloging of the snapshots for quick recovery. Our ability to move into hybrid multi-cloud environment. I think gives a very flexible storage infrastructure for VMware world and also as you move Beyond containers, we have very good integration with open shift in any type of kubernetes framework. So we were able to support you today with VMware and on top of it for moving forward to a hybrid, multi Cloud version

on bare metal. We can support all those environments with very Secure Storage infrastructure. The one of the thing that I think people need to keep in mind as the concept of air gapping and having copies outside of their storage infrastructure, were actually able to bring you a storage as an extension, to your environment tape. As the true Heir Gap. We actually can pull the cartridge out and put it on a shelf and I can assure you, nobody is going to be able to change, something really happens, we can recover from tape. We can give you the ability to copy the data to the cloud and

illogical air gap. You can consider that a separate Network. So, to some extent, it is an air gap and we need to do snapshots in place, which will be a quickest recovery path. So we can give you the ability to do all three of those things with the ultimate secure environment and many options for Recovery in this Precinct. Dishes with her I guess we know that everything and ite is always additive. I remember a couple years ago we were joking with we had that slaves weren't

taking Flash and tape on and you know it's a few years back if you look underneath a lot of the cloud you know Solutions like some of those deep archives are over there often was ate there. So thank you so much. Great to catch up with you. So, so many pieces. I hope you and the team have, you know, lots of good conversations at. The emerald is great to be here with you again. Stay tuned. Lots more coverage from vmworld 2020, Global digital. Online experience comes to mind is always thank you for watching the cube.

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