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Architecting and rolling out your cloud-based solution can feel like a daunting task, and your plans can quickly be derailed or delayed by misconceptions about cloud types and the trade-offs among them.

If you are running a VMware vSphere®-powered data center, then you can modernize your infrastructure with VMware vCloud® Air™, the ready-to-run public cloud for protecting, extending, and replacing on-premises vSphere workloads.

Here are some tips from others who have gone before you.

Certain types of workloads are better suited to the public cloud than others.

Whether you are considering migrating existing workloads from your data center to the cloud or placing new workloads in the cloud, you should make sure your cloud environment up to the same standards as your on-premises data center.

Here’s a short list of topics to consider when planning which workloads to move to the public cloud:

  • SLAs
  • Local specific characteristics
  • Network service changes
  • Security and compliance
  • Consumption characteristics

Security does not have to be a barrier to public cloud adoption.

When planning your data center logistics, platform compatibility between on-premise and public cloud is key. A move to public cloud can require different security policies and architectures that are inconsistent with existing on-premises investments. This leads to multiple copies of security appliances, and multiple physical connections to the cloud.

If your organization runs its data center on vSphere, consider vCloud Air to ensure a secure public cloud experience. At VMworld, VMware announced the new Hybrid DMZ Reference Designs for vCloud Air, which have been developed to support common security and networking practices that are quite common in traditional data centers and make them available in the public cloud.

If your disaster recovery solution is cost-prohibitive or too complex, the public cloud could be your answer.

The ability to protect all your data and applications, not just some of them, is the primary benefit of cloud-based disaster recovery. For example, using vCloud Air for disaster recovery allows you to simplify and speed disaster recovery by mirroring on-premises architecture and eliminate the costs associated with maintaining a secondary data center or managed services.

Worried about running out of on-premises resources? Look to the public cloud.

Building additional on-premises data center capacity is not only expensive, it is also time consuming and ties up long-term capital.

Updating or consolidating your on-premises data center using the public cloud can be a smart move, when it’s done right. Look for a solution such as vCloud Air, which allows you to quickly and securely “lift and shift” your on-premises data center to the public.

Get More Public Cloud You Can Trust

Learn how you can make your data center do double duty in the cloud in our Modernize Your VMware Data Center with the Public Cloud guide.

Read about VMware customers who have used the public cloud to help them protect, extend or replace their on-premises data centers in Success in the Public Cloud with VMware vCloud Air.

For more information about vCloud Air, visit vcloud.vmware.com, and keep an eye on the blog for upcoming tips and best practices for using vCloud Air.