IBM announced it has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) to offer an array of its software catalog as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) on AWS.
Building on IBM Software being available as-a-Service on IBM Cloud, this agreement provides clients with easy access to IBM Software that spans automation, data and AI, security and sustainability capabilities, is built on Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA) and runs cloud-native on AWS.
The two companies also commit to a range of joint investments making it easier for clients to consume IBM Software on AWS, including integrated go-to-market activities across sales and marketing, channel incentives, developer enablement and training, and solution development for key verticals and industries such as Oil and Gas, Travel and Transportation, and others.
Today, organizations are looking for industry-leading services and solutions that allow them to be nimble, flexible, and continuously scalable. This need has been further compounded as demand grows to run software on-premises and across hybrid cloud environments so they can be scaled globally with high availability.
Moving forward, organizations will be able to run a broad array of the IBM Software catalog as cloud-native services on AWS so they can get up and running quickly to deliver business value. This includes IBM API Connect, IBM Db2, IBM Observability by Instana APM, IBM Maximo Application Suite, IBM Security ReaQta, IBM Security Trusteer, IBM Security Verify, and IBM Watson Orchestrate, with others to follow later this year.
Clients will be able to procure the IBM SaaS products in AWS Marketplace, and then set up and integrate with AWS services, allowing them to get started with just a few clicks, without deploying, updating or managing any of the infrastructures. IBM SaaS products on AWS are designed to provide high availability and elastic scaling on-demand to meet unpredictable throughput needs and will offer a native AWS experience with deep integration of AWS services out of the box and support for API, CloudFormation and Terraform templates to enable automation of end-to-end workflows.
The availability of these SaaS products complements IBM’s portfolio of more than 30 software products that can be deployed manually in AWS Marketplace and the ability to Bring Your Own License (BYOL) for users that have their own license so they can deploy the software faster. Together, this gives organizations a comprehensive set of options to build and run software in the way that best meets the unique needs of their business.
The collaboration underscores the value of IBM, Red Hat, and AWS to provide flexibility and unlock greater business value for customers across industries. AWS now has more than 100 dedicated resources in IBM Consulting, IBM Software and Red Hat focusing on business development, technical support and marketing. The news further extends the support for IBM Software on-premises and as SaaS in IBM Cloud environments.
Clients who purchase IBM SaaS Software in AWS Marketplace will be eligible to draw down against their AWS Enterprise Discount Program commitments. For more information, visit: https://www.ibm.com/strategic-partnerships and https://www.ibm.com/software.