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When cloud computing first came on the scene, it was viewed primarily as a way to cut capital and operating expenses. Now, IT is beginning to realize the advantage of the cloud lies in its ability to drive business agility and innovation. The powerful advantages of the cloud are creating a whole new world of opportunities for businesses ready to seize them.

Stepping into the Cloud-First Paradigm

The challenges facing IT used to be solved in one primary way: investing in more and better hardware, which was fine for organizations with unlimited time and money but how many enterprises have that luxury? Today’s global marketplace requires simpler, more economical solutions and an entirely different frame of mind. A “cloud-first” mentality means leveraging the power of the cloud to solve business problems of all kinds. IT departments are realizing they can use the cloud to deliver business needs faster and scale to meet business demand rapidly. The cloud is enabling process innovation that results in easier deployment of standard services and enhanced workforce mobility. And with cloud, Big Data     becomes less of a burden and more of a goldmine of searchable insights that organizations can use to make better business decisions.

Untangling Cloud Semantics

Despite all the cloud benefits that business leaders are starting to recognize, there are still obstacles to adoption. One of the biggest is confusion around the difference between public, private, and hybrid clouds — and which cloud approach works best overall. The term “private cloud” refers to infrastructure that is dedicated to one organization and can be hosted onsite by an enterprise or offsite by a vendor. When people talk about “public cloud” they are referring to infrastructure that is available to anyone and is often less expensive and more scalable than a private cloud. Finally, “hybrid cloud” refers to an approach to cloud computing that combines elements of both public and private clouds to create an environment that enables greater flexibility, and it’s an approach that many organizations are finding preferable.

Bridging Clouds with a Hybrid Approach

The hybrid cloud is a way to reap the benefits of public cloud without giving up the advantages of private cloud. For example, a retailer could rely on public cloud for scalability during seasonal spikes in demand but use a more secure private cloud for the related transaction processing and financial activities. For VMware, what hybrid cloud means is the deployment of a common set of applications, tools, and services across a hybrid multi-cloud environment using a secure cloud service like VMware vCloud® Air™ built on a VMware vSphere® foundation.

Businesses are learning that success in the cloud starts with the right mix of options. Public, private and hybrid all have their advantages but for organizations that embrace the hybrid cloud approach, just about anything is possible.

Further Reading

If you’d like to learn more about how VMware vCloud® Air™   helps enterprises experience the full power of the cloud, download our white paper, Enabling Business Transformation With Cloud Computing. In it, you’ll discover how VMware is helping organizations leverage a consistent network and security model, get seamless access to data across environments, and experience unified management.

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