As an IT manager in today’s hypercompetitive environment, your challenge is to be agile, innovative, keep the organization secure, and, of course, control costs.
Easy, right? Sure, there is a technology solution for each of these priorities. Unfortunately, silo technology solutions have drawbacks that often conflict with other business priorities. The rubric for creating the ideal advanced technology solution can seem like an impossible task.
After decades in the industry exploring new technologies and working with enterprises to solve their challenges, I understand the benefit of building a very customized solution with best-of-breed technologies. I also know the downside and expense of this approach. The VMware Cloud Foundation is exciting because for the first time it offers enterprises the ability to harness a true hybrid cloud.
VMware Cloud Foundation is a new unified SDDC platform for the private and public clouds. Cloud Foundation brings together VMware’s compute, storage and network virtualization into a natively integrated stack, delivering enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure with unique automation and management capabilities for simplified operations that is consistent across private and public clouds.
How VMware Cloud Foundation Can Help
Here are five reasons why you should consider VMware Cloud Foundation, the industry’s most advanced hybrid cloud platform, to help you meet the demands of your organization:
1. Many organizations are using public clouds, even multiple clouds, but the majority of workloads are still run on-premises.
It’s estimated that 60% of organizations today are using a public cloud and 48% are using multiple clouds. At the same time, 73% of workloads are still running on-premises. A hybrid cloud offers a common platform that uses existing tools and processes to manage any workload, wherever it is housed. With a hybrid cloud, organizations can take advantage of the benefits of public clouds while protecting on-premises investments through a consistent operational model. Cloud Foundation is also compatible with a wide range of certified hardware options and public cloud service providers, so organizations aren’t limited in their choices or locked in to one vendor.
2. DIY solutions are time consuming and cost prohibitive.
Traditionally, creating a common platform across a private and public cloud required a carefully designed customized infrastructure. Between the infrastructure design, testing, configuration, and provisioning, deployment cycles for these DIY systems could take months and be extremely costly. To drastically simplify the path to the hybrid cloud and reduce capital expenditures, Cloud Foundation provides a dynamic software-defined infrastructure for compute, storage, networking, security and cloud management. The integrated cloud platform also provides virtualization management. With this solution, organizations have seen 15 times faster infrastructure deployment and 20 times faster application provisioning.
3. Total cost of ownership is key.
The initial investment in new technology is just the start. It’s important to look at operating expenses and other aspects of the total cost of ownership. With lifecycle automation of the complete stack, it is simple to operate and dramatically reduces operating expenses over the long run. In fact, total cost of ownership with Cloud Foundation is up to 40% lower compared with DIY solutions.
4. Organizations must plan for the future now.
Digital transformation has changed the way businesses operate. They must be nimble and able to implement new approaches quickly. IT managers need to anticipate their upcoming needs and plan for the future now so they can rapidly adopt new technologies. Cloud Foundation comes completely ready for virtualization management and containers – whether you need them now or in the future.
5. Enhanced security has become essential.
Organizations are demanding enhanced security, and many have already implemented modernized cybersecurity applications. The Cloud Foundation’s networking and security services are more robust and mature than other hybrid cloud options, and the solution offers the simplest way to secure workloads – from micro-segmentation to data-at-rest encryption.
Want to know more? Listen to my recent webinar on Cloud Foundation.