Philippe Barleaza, VP Partners, Alliance and General Business EMEA, VMware
Speed is vital in today’s world.
First to market, first mover advantage, being able to capitalise on new
opportunities as they arise – it’s all down to speed.
And it’s not just a driver for
business – the rate of adoption for new technologies is increasing all the time
look at how the adoption of containers, and in particular Kubernetes, is
accelerating. According to Gartner, by 2025, more than 80% of software
vendors will offer their application software in container format, up from less
than 10% today.
The future is contained
This isn’t just analyst predictions,
either – it’s making waves in our partner ecosystem.
As Ruurd Keizer, vice president
of Cloud Native at ITQ, a leading VMware partner, points out; “The container
and Kubernetes landscape is in such rapid motion that even the early adopters
are still finding out ways in which Kubernetes can further improve their
efficiency and time to market.”
With 86% of containerized apps on
Kubernetes, the open-source platform offers a major opportunity for enterprises
that want to transform applications and infrastructure in a way that’s right
Yet even the first-movers are
still trying to fully work it out, and as Ruurd notes; “success is never the
result of just introducing new technology. If you treat it as such, you’re
setting yourself up for failure. This is especially true for Kubernetes.”
What then are the key
considerations for enterprises, and therefore our partner community, looking to
realise the opportunity at hand?
Overcoming the human factor
“It should be about what outcomes
you want to achieve, and for whom,” continues Ruurd. “This is why the real
questions (and hurdles) are at the interface between people and technology; what
do my internal customers really need? How do I give maximum freedom while
embracing security? How do we enable everyone to work with the new tech? How do
we control cost? What does the path to production for my applications look like
on the new platform?”
This focus on people is at the
heart of the approach championed by Sivaguru Sankaranarayanan, CTO at HUCO. The
main hurdles he witnesses “are a resistance to change and the challenge of
upskilling; of bringing the required modern application skillsets into the
existing operations teams.”
In fact, the issue of overcoming
the human factor was highlighted in a recent
post looking at how partners can best support enterprises to use Kubernetes
effectively with the help of VMware Tanzu. Amongst other points, the post notes
how bringing together different stakeholders (particularly developers and
operations) is so important.
Why? The opportunity lies in
making Kubernetes simple and ‘enterprise consumable’ – delivering
developer-ready capabilities to ensure that it is easy to implement and scale across
the organisation when the time is right.
From enterprise consumable to
This is critical, according to
Ruurd; “while installing Kubernetes itself is easy, turning it into a
production ready platform isn’t, as you have to embed, extend and integrate it
with your other infrastructure.” At a point when enterprises are looking for
speed, this could pose a major issue.
That’s why VMware and our
partners are in a unique position to help enterprises harness the power of
Kubernetes. Through our Tanzu strategy, we’ve brought Kubernetes to the 70
million+ workloads already running on vSphere – the single fastest way businesses
can configure an enterprise-grade Kubernetes infrastructure.
And for Sivaguru, the role of trusted
partners is vital in making this a reality. “Partners can help enterprises significantly. Our
recommendation would be that a dedicated, skilled team helps establish
quick wins demonstrating the benefits that Kubernetes can bring.
This can then help position Kubernetes ‘ambassadors’ within the
organisation, who can lead an increased adoption across the
enterprise to drive business value.”
With this, enterprises can bring together
Dev and Ops teams to power ‘production ready’. They can deliver better software
to production, faster and continuously, to capitalise on first-mover advantage
and future-proof their businesses in this era of modern applications and
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