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Are You Ready for a Hybrid Cloud?

You’ve virtualized your onsite data center and seen the benefits. Maybe you’ve even invested in a private cloud. Looking at the long term, though, you’d like an alternative that takes advantage of a public cloud. Or you may be looking at options for cloud bursting – the on-demand access to a very large pool of resources without investing in capex. And you’d like to manage these alternatives the same way you manage applications in your data center today, and get equal, or even improved, performance.

VMware addresses these challenges with the VMware vCloud® Air™  cloud solution. vCloud Air is a true hybrid cloud that is owned and operated by VMware. A vCloud Air deployment lets you run your applications in the cloud without modification, and manage them from a single location using familiar tools. VMware provides comprehensive support for the entire environment.

Are you ready to take advantage of a hybrid cloud? To make that call, you’ll need to assess your needs and your infrastructure.

Will Your Environment Support Your Goals?

Right now, you might just be looking into migrating a VMware vSphere® vApp™ to the   cloud, but it’s important to consider the types of applications you might want to run in the future. Disaster recovery, utility computing, and next-generation applications are some of the use cases you might want to consider.

After you have a better handle on your use cases, you can look at your infrastructure to see how it matches your needs. You’ll want to perform comprehensive analyses on your network and network services environment, your VMware virtual environment, and your monitoring and management capabilities.

Building a vision for your cloud use cases that is tempered by your network capabilities will empower you to define a roadmap to reach your cloud computing goals. However, performing comprehensive business and network assessments is not simple.

Speed Your Journey to a Hybrid Cloud

Want expert guidance? VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Readiness assessment delivers collaborative discovery workshops designed to help your team understand the hybrid cloud vision and strategy, assess the current state of hybrid cloud capabilities in key areas (people, process, and technology), and helps collect data for benchmarking and value modeling. Going through these detailed exercises will help speed up your journey to a hybrid cloud implementation that meets your long-term needs. Through a series of meetings, workshops, and assessment activities, the VMware team will work with you to develop and document:

  • Your goals, objectives, and challenges in moving to a hybrid cloud model
  • Key use cases and benefits that you expect to achieve with a hybrid cloud
  • Hybrid cloud feasibility for your network

The VMware team analyzes all of your workshop and assessment results and reviews the findings with your key stakeholders. In just two weeks, you’ll receive a Future State Hybrid Cloud Vision diagram and an Implementation Roadmap aligned to prioritized use cases. At that point, you’ll know that you’re ready to start your transition to the hybrid cloud.

If you’re ready to get started with the hybrid cloud, visit vCloud.VMware.com.

For more information on VMware Professional Services offerings, visit http://www.vmware.com/consulting/technology-consulting-services.html.

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