By: Josh Gwyther

I’m often asked by customers, “Why should we use the cloud?” and “Why should we use vCHS?” My answer always involves explaining that “Cloud” as a technology by itself isn’t the answer – it’s how you change your mode of operation to take full advantage of vCloud Hybrid Service that is key.

Based on my conversations with customers, here are 3 reasons to never start an IT project in your data center ever again:

1. Projects fail

IT projects don’t often go as planned. In fact, a large majority of IT projects never see the light of day. A study done by McKinsey in 2012 found that 40% of all IT projects fail, and that’s a very conservative number.

There’s no shame in failure – we all experience it at some point. The best batter in the history of baseball, Ty Cobb, only batted .366. Most successful companies in the world have failed many times over, many private, some public. If failure at some point is inevitable, the key is to mitigate your risk, fail fast and recover.

Leveraging VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service allows you to start a project with the bare minimum or capital and operational resources. This has two major benefits:

  • It mitigates risk. Instead of sinking capital resources and wasting operational manpower into building infrastructure for a project with an unknown outcome, use a state-of-the-art cloud service provided by VMware and just pay for what you need when you need it.
  • It frees up capital and staff. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service allows IT to say “yes” to more. It also allows the business to “try everything,” to explore new avenues of revenue and projects without costly ramifications of those that don’t succeed. 

2. Time-to-market

In the not so distant past, a new IT project could take a year or more to launch and that was considered acceptable. Those days are long gone. Agile development has taken over and that means resources need to be available at a moment’s notice, and they need to scale from the smallest of the small to infinity.

Instant resource consumption is the definition of cloud computing, and it’s all there waiting for you to exploit today. By leveraging the instant resource availability of VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service, IT never becomes the bottleneck, only the enabler, adding value and decreasing the time-to-market of every project.

3. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Isn’t One-Way

The hard truth is that compared to an efficiently ran data center, the cost of cloud resources come at a premium. You’re paying that premium to mitigate risk and gain agility.

But what about steady state? What about those projects that do succeed and become critical to your business?

With most cloud companies, you’re stuck paying that premium for the life of the application. Most clouds are a one-way ticket. That’s because most clouds are built on an infrastructure that is unique and often proprietary. The only way out is a grueling re-write of your application to fit back into your existing data center platform.

VMware has changed all that with the vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware’s cloud service is built using the same platform you’re using in your data center today. That means complete mobility of your applications to the cloud and back from the cloud – no conversion, no re-writing of the application. You get all the cloud benefits of risk avoidance and agility, without being locked in to paying the cloud premium forever.

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Josh Gwyther serves as a Senior Cloud Strategist for VMware Inc., focusing on Cloud technology (vCloud Hybrid Services). His role includes relationships with key clients to drive adoption of VMware’s Cloud products, public speaking, strategy and roadmap, and driving innovation inside the company. Josh has a technical background in Computer Science, experience as an entrepreneur, and has worked in the industry for 17+ years, focusing on Virtualization and Cloud since 2006. Josh has multiple technical certifications from VMware, EMC and Cisco, with an undergraduate in Computer Science.