Adopting hybrid cloud is a powerful IT modernisation strategy for achieving your organisation’s goals:
Short term – Application modernisation and business resiliency objectives during tumultuous times, for example economic downturns and remote working
Long term – Digital demands and the need to keep IT strategy ahead of business investments through economic recovery
The process to pick the best-fit hybrid cloud platform for your organisation should begin with an internal assessment. What are your goals? Identifying your needs—both current and future use cases—will help you better evaluate the private and public cloud capabilities as well as the hybrid cloud operations you will need to serve all of your workload types and deployment locations.
For example, if your organisation will need to extend workloads to multiple clouds, you will want to choose a hybrid cloud such as VMware Cloud Foundation™ that unifies operations and seamlessly supports multi-cloud.
This Executive Buyer’s Guide features a five-step approach with checklists that will help you and your IT team chart a successful journey to hybrid cloud. Use it to document your needs as you shift to a cloud operating model for automated and optimised delivery of all of your IT services that support any application on any cloud.
Chart your path to successful hybrid cloud with a five-step approach
Evidence that IT is a strategic asset has never been more apparent than during the pandemic. IT teams moved quickly to respond, sustaining operations and meeting immediate employee and customer needs. Yet continued economic uncertainty paradoxically requires more investment in technology to adapt business operations and fuel innovation.
An agile digital transformation strategy provides the best chance for your organization to adapt quickly now while also emerging from this and other challenging periods stronger and faster than your competitors. In fact, the ability to align technology investments with business goals is now a strategic imperative because future ready organizations have an advantage. They respond quickly to a crisis, adapt to a new reality, and accelerate innovation.
Increase business resiliency now AND ensure IT long-term strategic capability
A hybrid cloud delivers the flexibility your organisation needs to address both short- and long-term digital transformation goals. These include scaling infrastructure, modernising your application portfolio, and taking advantage of more efficient and consistent IT operations.
But inconsistent architectures between existing infrastructure and cloud providers have hindered these efforts. So have rigid infrastructures, tethering employees to a suite of legacy applications with high built-in costs and limited flexibility to scale up or down as demand fluctuates.
It’s time to find a more efficient and cost-effective pathway to modernise with minimum risk—and fast. But how? The answer is a future ready hybrid and multi-cloud model empowering your organisation to overcome these challenges while unlocking the power of cloud to rapidly migrate apps, scale resources up or down based on demand, deliver resources for distributed work initiatives, and drive app modernisation strategies.
A future ready hybrid or multi-cloud solution gives you all the flexibility you need while optimising cloud spend and strengthening security across all cloud environments. It’s finally a cloud operating model for multiple environments that also lets you both modernise data centre service delivery and tap public cloud scale and cloud-native services to meet both business and technical needs.
Chart Your Path to Successful Hybrid Cloud
Cloud strategy conversations typically start with “why” and “what” discussions, followed by “who,” “how,” and “when” debate. Because of this, setting cloud strategy based only on the number of workloads moved to the cloud may fail to help your organisation truly focus on critical needs and what’s best for your digital business. A new five-step process not only changes the conversation, it accelerates your decision making.
Step 1 helps your organisation identify how you will use your hybrid cloud now and in the future. In Step 2, you evaluate the services that you will offer as well as their impacts on your people, processes, and governance. Steps 3 and 4 examine key considerations for technology platforms. And Step 5 illustrates how to get started, simplifying your hybrid cloud journey with VMware Cloud Foundation and moving forward with VMware.
1. Assess Your Needs: Identify Key Use Cases
What does your organisation need from a hybrid cloud? Before evaluating solutions, think about both your current and anticipated future needs.
Table 1 outlines hybrid cloud use cases related to today’s needs and tomorrow’s visions. If more than 4 of the 16 use cases fit your organisation’s plans, consider a hybrid cloud solution that delivers consistent infrastructure and consistent operations as well as a cloud operating model for new and traditional workloads wherever you deploy them.
Table 1 - Hybrid Cloud Use Cases
2. Evaluate Hybrid Operations
Cloud capability conversations typically start with “what” and “who,” and then cover “how” and “when.” No matter where your cloud conversation begins, it should address key services and skills questions such as these: What standardised services will your IT organization deliver? How should you organise your people into teams? What roles do you need to have in place to successfully deliver services on-premises and operate across cloud environments? How will your IT organisation integrate and automate DevOps concepts and Agile methods for developers while also applying those powerful concepts to IT initiatives?
Table 2 outlines how to evaluate critical hybrid operations capabilities you will need across hybrid cloud platforms with these as well as important cost, service quality, agility, and risk questions in mind.
Table 2 - Hybrid Operations Capabilities
3. Consider Private Cloud
Private cloud adoption is often an IT modernisation first step, requiring infrastructure modernisation and evolution—rather than revolution—of your existing IT environment.
These are some key questions to consider during private cloud evaluation: How will your private cloud accommodate and build on existing infrastructure and systems? How will it support aging applications? How will it integrate with existing IT operations stacks? How will your network extend to the perimetre, branch or edge, and beyond?
Because your organisation likely doesn’t have the luxury of starting from scratch, your private cloud must build on and enhance your current IT environment. Table 3 illustrates many of the private cloud capabilities that you need to form the foundation of a hybrid cloud solution.
Table 3 - Private Cloud Capabilities
4. Examine Public Cloud
Public cloud adoption can be a game changer for your organisation’s scale and agility. Yet because every enterprise is different, and every cloud is different, you will need to determine which public cloud(s) and hosted provider(s) can best meet your needs.
Among the questions to consider are these: How will public cloud expand your IT service delivery options? How will it meet your app modernisation needs? How will it make your developers more productive? How will it optimize IT budget and spending across CapEx and OpEx? How will you choose which, and how many, public cloud services to offer?
Table 4 outlines key public cloud capabilities for consideration.
Table 4 - Public Cloud Capabilities
5. Get Started: Simplify with VMware Cloud Foundation
Although there are many considerations, making the move to hybrid cloud is a powerful IT modernisation strategy.
And VMware has the Future Ready Cloud™ to help you achieve your organisation’s short- and long-term goals.
VMware Cloud Foundation is the ubiquitous hybrid cloud platform delivering consistent infrastructure and consistent operations, and enabling a cloud operating model for new and traditional workloads wherever they are deployed.
VMware Cloud Foundation
Built on full-stack hyperconverged infrastructure, VMware Cloud Foundation gives your organisation a complete set of secure, software-defined services for compute, and network, as well as intrinsic security, integrated Kubernetes, and cloud operations. The result is agile, reliable, and efficient cloud infrastructure, offering consistent infrastructure and operations across private and public clouds.
And VMware Cloud Foundation integrates Kubernetes to deliver infrastructure services for developers as well as cluster management and container workload orchestration for IT admins. Other solutions in the stack also now natively support Kubernetes. As a result, both VM and container workloads are treated as first-class citizens. That means developers have a compliant and conformant API interface while IT admins have trusted and familiar tools and operating processes for systems management.
Hybrid Cloud Multi-Cloud
Because VMware has built some of the largest and most successful private and hybrid clouds in the world, we can help you with your hybrid cloud planning and execution—no matter which public cloud provider(s) you choose.
The same VMware full-stack solution is available as VMware Cloud™ solutions, giving you seamless extension from your on-premises environment with:
Looking for a hybrid cloud platform that delivers enterprise agility, reliability, and efficiency? Look no further than VMware Cloud Foundation.
Move Forward with VMware
VMware understands that the process of adopting hybrid cloud doesn’t stop with choosing a platform. That’s why VMware also offers project execution, cloud migration, and business success guidance, including helping you and your team:
- Assess your application portfolio and identify expected changes
- Develop a cloud strategy that supports the spectrum of application modernisation
- Assess and plan your IT operational readiness for an optimal cloud operating model
- Plan for a pilot-based launch and scale over time
Download the VMware Cloud Foundation Business Case to get estimated OpEx and CapEx savings across key industries and segments.
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