Build a Future Ready Foundation for Hybrid Cloud and Modern Apps – in 3 Steps

Posted on 24/11/2020 by osanders
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The pace of digital transformation has only quickened in recent months. Although each organization will take a unique path, cloud-ready infrastructure has emerged as a common denominator. And while they might not yet leverage multiple cloud platforms, for most organizations, a hybrid cloud approach is the best way to support this likely future state.

• This rapid evolution means I&O leaders are confronting several questions:
• How can I maximize my existing IT budget for lasting business impact?
• How can I ensure that today’s investments in on-premises infrastructure will work with my cloud environment of the future?
• How can make sure I have the freedom to run my existing—and future—workloads in their optimal infrastructure, whether on-premises or the cloud?
• And, perhaps most important, how can I make the transition at my own pace?

The answer: By building their IT environment on a foundation of consistent infrastructure from a market leader.

The Three Phases of Infrastructure Modernization

For most organizations, digital transformation will require modernization of data center infrastructure. The goal is to adopt a consistent hardware and software technology stack that works across private and public clouds, and edge environments. Adopting a common infrastructure for compute, storage, and networking enables simplified management and operations, and ensures compatibility across on-premises and hybrid cloud environments. And this modern infrastructure will also need to support today’s fast and agile application requirements – essentially to build, run and manage traditional and modern applications in both virtual machines (vms) and containers.

The good news is that a “rip and replace” strategy is not required. Instead, you can pursue this digital transformation today by building on current investments in a consistent fashion, and future-proof your infrastructure environment using a three-phased approach:

Phase 1: Core HCI – Hyperconverged compute and storage deployed on-premises
Phase 2: Full-stack HCI – Adds hyperconverged networking, management tools, and automation to compute and storage
Phase 3: Hybrid cloud – Extends the HCI environment to multiple private and public clouds and the edge

As a leader in HCI, Vmware is uniquely suited to support each of these phases with vSphere™, vSAN™, VMware Cloud Foundation™, and VMC on AWS™. And of course, organizations can pursue this approach at different paces, with some even moving quickly from basic compute virtualization to full-stack HCI and hybrid cloud. Others may pursue these phases more fully or slowly. Either way, this three-phased approach to modernization maximizes existing investments, minimizes risk, and reduces complexity. To learn more about how a modern infrastructure paves the way to a true hybrid cloud model, while increasing agility and productivity and reducing overall TCO, check out our new guide, 2020 Roadmap: 3 Steps to Modernize Infrastructure for the Cloud where you can learn about VMware’s Core HCI solution of vSphere + vSAN, the Full-stack HCI solution of VMware Cloud Foundation, and the Hybrid cloud solution of VMC on AWS.

More than 20,000 VMware vSAN customers are rapidly adopting hyperconverged infrastructure, for lower TCO and improved scalability. See what they have to say here.

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