Is it Wise to Pursue a Cloud-Only or Cloud-First Strategy? Why Hybrid is Sometimes Best

Mar 10, 2017
Nina Seth


Nina Seth is a senior product marketing manager for VMware EUC. Nina holds a Master of Business Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Davis.

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wise to pursue cloud only or cloud first strategy?Enterprise workloads in the cloud are expected to rise to 60% by 2018, according to a recent 451 Research survey. The same survey shows that 38% of enterprises have a cloud-first policy.

Over the past few years, we certainly saw organizations fully embrace the cloud. The cloud offered organizations the ability to more flexibly and cost-effectively conduct business, namely:

  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Divestitures;
  • Hardware and software refreshes; and
  • Streamlined IT

Public cloud outages can have some wondering if organizations evaluate the cost and business impact of only utilizing public cloud services in a cloud-only or cloud-first strategy.

Truth be told, not every workload can move to the cloud or should move to the cloud. There are benefits to having a hybrid strategy. According to Forbes contributor Patrick Moorhead:

“Hybrid IT, gives businesses a combination of their data centers, co-location and external cloud for hosting applications that could be traditional, virtualized, public cloud or private cloud.”

Hybrid IT strategies help organizations carefully determine which workloads are best moved to public clouds and which workloads need to stay on-premises in private clouds or data centers due to security reasons or app performance. A hybrid approach enables careful workload management to achieve flexibility and rapid scalability, while also mitigating the risk of relying on one option.

For organizations looking to virtualize desktops and apps, VMware Horizon Cloud enables organizations to deploy feature-rich virtual desktops and applications in the cloud, on-premises or both. This service uniquely allows customers to bring their own infrastructure or buy infrastructure from VMware. With a cloud control plane to simplify management for the entire deployment, Horizon Cloud reduces the cost and complexity of deploying virtual desktops and apps.

To learn how Horizon Cloud supports a hybrid approach to delivering virtualized desktops and apps, please click here.

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