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Organizations everywhere are reaping the benefits of adopting a hybrid cloud model. Teams enjoy flexibility and agility in a hybrid cloud environment, which allows them to meet their goals more efficiently than previously possible, and at lower costs. 45% of IT decision-makers and influencers surveyed report being “all-in” on hybrid cloud already, with an additional 20+% reporting seeing colocation as a steppingstone to a hybrid cloud.

With several options for deploying a hybrid cloud environment, which path is right for you? We’ll discuss why VMware Cloud Foundation should be your top choice as the most comprehensive, lowest cost path available. But first, let’s briefly explore some of the benefits of adopting a hybrid cloud architecture. 

Hybrid cloud: The Choice Operating Model for the Digital Transformation Era

Mixing on-premises and cloud-based environments into a single hybrid system provides several benefits to users. IT teams and organizations see hybrid cloud as an ideal long-term architectural choice for the following reasons:

  • Operating in this type of environment enables organizations to dynamically allocate resources and capacity quickly when a surge for demand occurs.
  • Business Continuity. Hybrid cloud infrastructure enables employees to work on-premises or remote, and transition from one to the other with ease.
  • Flexibility and Agility. Cloud-based environments allow customers the flexibility to run workloads and applications in the cloud or on-premises as needed. An adaptable, flexible system likewise enables users to respond to business changes quickly.
  • Improved Security. Hybrid cloud environments reduce the risk of data exposure by allowing users to store critical data wherever it’s most secure.
  • Increased Automation. Automation yields numerous benefits for IT teams and employees alike, optimizing IT performance by automatically responding to change.

This is far from an exhaustive list of benefits to consider. Ultimately, when it boils down to final decisions, cost can be a determining factor.

VMware Cloud Foundation Lowers Costs

Now you’ve determined that your business should be operating in a hybrid cloud environment. But what does the cost element look like? And how does a shift to the hybrid cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation stack up when compared to other options on the market?

Taking the traditional path could end up costing you more. Not only is it complex to operate and difficult to scale, but it’s also expensive to build. VMware Cloud Foundation delivers 28% total cost savings on average over traditional 3-tier systems. With hyperconverged infrastructure, users can enjoy a simplified solution that decreases data center complexity, increases scalability, and saves them money on CapEx, maintenance of hardware, and labor on-premises.

Migrating entirely to the public cloud is another popular option for businesses today. However, buyers beware – there are hidden costs associated with moving to the public cloud. These costs include the price to migrate packaged and custom apps, with the total migration project cost coming out to $990 per VM on average. Cloud subscription costs can also drive higher expenditure.

No matter which approach you compare it to, deploying a hybrid cloud environment with VMware Cloud Foundation saves teams money while enabling them to experience the many benefits associated with hybrid cloud.

Make the Move to a Hybrid Cloud

When considering your digital transformation initiatives, a shift to a hybrid cloud is a great place to start. However, buyers must be careful and consider all of their options before making the move. When it comes to cost, there’s no better option on the market today than VMware Cloud Foundation.

Interested in learning more about how VMware Cloud Foundation saves organizations money? Check out this infographic.

 

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