As mentioned in previous posts, many enterprises see Hybrid cloud as the ideal option to maintaining cost-effective business continuity. It utilizes existing infrastructure while leveraging the cloud’s scalability, all while decreasing capital expenditure (CapEx) without affecting operational expenditure (OpEx).
Simply put, if you have business critical applications that you do not want at-risk in the cloud, yet you have business productivity applications that would benefit from a boost in performance, then adopting the Hybrid model is – without question – the optimal solution for your business.
VMware made a seismic announcement at VMworld 2014 – vCloud Air will replace vCloud Hybrid Service with significant enhancements to desktop, platform, and DR services. Although VMware is late to the game in overall cloud marketshare, Gartner insists that, “VMware has a compelling opportunity [because] clients are hugely invested in VMware technology, and there is reason to believe these same organizations are looking for quick and easy runways into the public cloud for traditional workloads.” In other words – Hybrid cloud. Let’s dive deeper into Gartner’s aforementioned ‘compelling opportunity.’
Traditional On-Premise Dominance
VMware began as a hardware/software company focused toward migrating customers’ workloads to virtualized infrastructures. VMware enjoyed its dominance as the champion of private datacenter virtualization and private cloud service provider, but many IT leaders are also seeing the value of public cloud’s cost-effective scalability.
This transition from on-premise datacenters to public cloud utility is precisely where VMware supersedes the rest. Organizations that value the convenience and agility of on-demand public cloud alongside the necessary security of running on-premise applications will find sanctuary in VMware’s vCloud Air. This sanctuary – per vCloud Air’s value-proposition – is achieved by resolving onefundamental concern:
Narrowing the Chasm between Business and IT
The tension between IT and business continuity has traditionally been electric. Where business strives to be innovative, IT pulls the reigns to maintain security. Despite the dichotomy of this relationship, this back-and-forth of checks-and-balances guides the business forward, albeit at a snail’s pace. Cloud has allowed both business and IT to lay on the throttle.
vCloud Air is built on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) technology. As shown in the below video image from our Migrate to Innovate webinar (Part 1 & Part 2), there are 3 primary levels of cloud services wherein the customer only concerns themselves with the red scenarios:
- IaaS – This is typically thought of as the hybrid cloud model. Customer’s IT does not concern itself with anything hardware related, but maintains complete control over all other aspects. The advantage here is a significant reduction in CapEx, as the organization bypasses the need for any hardware purchases. vCloud Air resides here.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) – The next rung up the cloud ladder is PaaS, a solution set dominated by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. As indicated by the chart, IT concerns itself with much less responsibility while simultaneously maintaining much of its security, albeit with less control.
- Software as a Service (SaaS) – The quintessential public cloud model, SaaS relinquishes all burden as well as control in favor of business continuity, productivity, and functionality. The benefits and consequences of this model are well documented and obvious: back-end performance is optimized, but corporate secrets are in the digital stratosphere.
To summarize, IT wants more red, while business productivity wants more grey. vCloud Air’s IaaS hybrid cloud approach provides the best of both worlds, ensuring IT maintains its security while business achieves innovation.
Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) for Rent – Challenges of Migrating Straight to Public Cloud
VMware covers 8x more workloads than AWS’s public model as 90% of organizations still rely on their on-premise infrastructures. In order to fully realize the benefits of AWS, IT must fully commit its resources to the public model. With vCloud Air, customers can migrate workloads strategically without jumping head first into the cloud.
Various challenges exist when attempting to extend private workloads into the public cloud. These challenges include:
- Problems with proprietary platforms
- Public clouds being optimized for new apps only
- Limited network integration and connectivity
- Different management tools or interfaces
- Different processes/actions for public vs private
vCloud Air’s IaaS service is owned and operated by VMware, built on the vSphere foundation. With over 5,000 applications supported by VMware, customers can migrate workloads without having to worry about modifying applications since they will be leveraging the same familiar tools.
vCloud Air provides a common management and orchestration platform, unified networking, and a common security – all with one place to call for support.