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For many organizations, the move to a hybrid cloud has become a question of when, not if. Hybrid clouds provide users the unique benefit of on demand access to IT resources for the development of new applications, and as well as the ability to easily manage existing ones all in one place.

The vCloud Hybrid Service, built on proven VMware technology that many organizations are already familiar with in their existing virtual environments, provides a secure, dedicated infrastructure-as-a-service hybrid cloud that makes moving applications to the cloud easy for even new cloud adopters.

Transitioning to hybrid cloud depends on the specific requirements of your workload. However, to help get your organization into the mindset of hybrid cloud, we wanted to share the top 5 uses cases for moving to the hybrid cloud:

Use Case #1: Packaged Applications

A common source of frustration from IT departments is the inability to quickly add capacity on-demand to meet business changes. This challenge can be solved by moving packaged applications, such as email or collaborative software, to the hybrid cloud. The vCloud Hybrid Service supports thousands of applications and dozens of operating systems certified to run on vSphere, so users can run existing applications in the cloud with no changes required! Furthermore, this enables users to transfer applications without the need for re-coding or reconfiguration, and with no loss in the level of security, availability, or performance users are already familiar with in their internal data center.

Use Case #2: Web/E-commerce

The hybrid cloud is a great match for online retailers. Web and e-commerce applications developers are often looking for tools that facilitate proper compliance and allow for dynamic resource requirements. The vCloud Hybrid Service delivers a secure, cost-effective and scalable platform for the deployment of web and e-commerce applications. Additionally, users can leverage their existing IT policies to meet all security, compliance, and control requirements.

Use Case #3: Backup/Archiving/Storage

Data is the backbone to all successful IT operations. However,  single site IT deployment can make companies vulnerable to service disruption, if a natural disaster or technical failure takes place and they lack a backup of critical business assets. That’s where the vCloud Hybrid Service comes in – built on vSphere, the vCloud Hybrid Service offers automated replication, monitoring, and high availability features for your applications. In the event of service disruption, the public cloud offerings are a great way to safeguard key business assets.

Use Case #4: Enterprise IT/Outsourced Data Center

The need for data center space continues to grow. Many organizations are exploring outsourcing data center functionality in order to avoid the heavy costs and requirements involved in building a new data center.  A cost-effective option to increase capacity would be to move to a hybrid cloud solution. The on-demand capacity and dynamic scalability of vCloud Hybrid Service helps IT teams allocate resources where and when they are needed. A unified management panel facilitates convenient management of an organization’s internal data center and the public cloud.

Use Case #5: Development/QA/Test

Developers need an agile, flexible, dynamic environment when developing and testing software applications. Dev/test applications are a common use case when moving to the cloud due to the clear benefits, such as cost savings and increased time-to-market. However, in some cases, developers are forced to learn a cloud service provider’s tools, which may not be compatible with existing IT investments.

Luckily, because vCloud Hybrid Service is built on the foundation of vSphere, the same platform developers are familiar with internally, it reduces the need for developers to learn new tools or skills, so that they can focus solely on coding. Interoperability features offer users the freedom to deploy workloads to the cloud, with the flexibility to move applications back onsite as needed.

The main benefit of hybrid cloud solutions? Choice – the freedom to deploy applications when and where they make the most sense to meet an organization’s security, performance, and availability requirements. The vCloud Hybrid Service delivers on all of these points.

Check out the whitepaper for more information on popular use cases for the hybrid cloud.

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