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Munich Re Taps Dell Technologies and VMware for Multicloud

ROUND ROCK, Texas and PALO ALTO, Calif. — The reinsurer Munich Re is working with Dell Technologies and VMware to create a “consistent approach” to its global IT operations through multicloud.

Munich Re is looking to the tech leaders to develop an operation that performs with improved performance and flexibility at the high level of security required for its data-intensive workloads, according to Dell Technologies this month.

Dell and VMware are also assisting Munich Re adhere to compliance requirements and reduce IT costs. 

The Azure VMware Solution in particular, a private cloud, will help Munich Re create a consistent hybrid multicloud architecture, where data and workloads can be processed and delivered where they are required and shared across multiple environments. 

The multicloud architecture will help Munich Re offer a “coherent” customer experience (CX) across environments through a consistent IT infrastructure that consolidates all of Munich Re’s global data centers into three hubs.

The solution also allows for the extension or migration of existing VMware workloads natively on Microsoft Azure. 

The partners believe the Azure VMware Solution can accelerate application and cloud modernization initiatives with “less risk and better economics” than traditional approaches. 

Munich Re’s private cloud will be based on Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems with VMware Cloud Foundation software. 

Munich Re will also use VMware vRealize Cloud Management and VMware NSX to enable consistent management across cloud environments and security policies that follow workloads wherever they move. 

“The insurance industry is going through a technology revolution, ranging from how they process claims to how they engage their customers,” said Bradd Lewis, VP and global lead for financial services, Dell Technologies.

Lewis said Munich Re is working with the partners to create an IT infrastructure that can “respond flexibly to the demands of a dynamic industry” with a standardized and automated platform.

Jennifer Manry, VP of global industries at VMware, said across the insurance industry, the company is seeing customers invest in hybrid cloud strategies to “deliver more efficient and tailored solutions for their clients.”

“But to remain resilient, it’s no longer about a cloud-first approach — it’s about being cloud smart,” Manry said.

Manry said the partners are positioned to give Munich Re the hybrid cloud environment with the “flexibility to scale quickly and move workloads between IT environments, without restrictions or tradeoffs.”

Robin Johnson, CIO at Munich Re, said the company is engaging Dell Technologies and VMware to create a “consistent cloud operating model to standardize our infrastructure and increase our environment’s performance, stability, and resilience in a smart way.”

“This modern multicloud infrastructure will help us in our daily business operations, by providing the agility to match the right cloud to any application or use case,” Johnson said.

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