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Daisie Register April 6 2021 3 min read

How to Future-Proof Your Cloud Technology Using Dell EMC’s VxRail

For most organizations wanting to move over to the cloud (72% of companies, in fact), the list of challenges seem daunting. The most common challenges are determining the starting point, figuring out what to do with their legacy technology and ensuring security – not to mention also needing to solve for the complexity issue for their IT teams. Combine that intimidation with the urgency the pandemic brought on when organizations needed to adopt the cloud essentially overnight to ensure business continuity and support its remote workforce. It’s understandable organizations are left wondering how they are going to adopt the cloud but also future-proof it so that they have the flexibility, scalability, reliability they need as folks go back to work or navigate the new option of hybrid environments. Cloud adoption can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be.

The simple answer is: multi-cloud.

Multi-cloud, or hybrid cloud, is the most effective cloud solution because it’s a mixture of public and private systems. Organizations need a solution that is architected with their business and mission in mind and leverages multiple cloud technologies into a seamless architecture. “The multi-cloud model takes existing systems and processes into account while enabling organizations to take advantage of the latest in technology innovation,” says Troy Massey, Director of Enterprise Engagements at Iron Bow Technologies.

To leverage the most out of your multi-cloud system, organizations should evaluate for three components: capability, performance and software. The multi-cloud solution also prevents vendor lock-in so you can mix and match the best products available to put together your solution.

For capability, VMware’s Cloud Foundation is a collection of their best products including vSAN, vSphere, vRealize, NSX and SDDC (Software Defined Data Center). This platform allows organizations to manage their entire app portfolio across hybrid and native public clouds. For performance, the market-leading option is Intel’s Optane technology for memory and storage. “It’s fast, it reduces bottlenecks and reduces data latency,” explains Massey. “Organizations could realize more agility and more productivity when interacting with their data centers.”

Lastly, for software, a hyperconverged infrastructure is where the industry is moving. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a software-defined, unified system that combines all the elements of a traditional data center: storage, compute, networking and management. This integrated solution uses software to replace expensive, purpose-built hardware. With hyperconverged infrastructure, organizations decrease data center complexity and increase scalability. VxRail, powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge server platforms and VxRail HCI System Software, features next-generation technology to future-proof your infrastructure.

“VxRail is Dell’s hyperconverged product that is lightning fast. You implement it and boom. At the snap of a finger, you’ve got a data center,” says Massey. “Meet your big, red easy button. The speed of deployment is a few weeks versus the typical timeline of months and months. In addition, the ease of scalability of the platform results in an astronomical savings in total cost of ownership.”

“So you have VMware’s Cloud Foundation, Intel’s core processors, and Dell’s HCI product VxRail. Imagine you invest in all these great products, the next thought, of course, is how to tie them together to ensure organizations reap the benefits. IronTarget was our answer to that question.”

IronTarget is a simplified means of migrating to a multi-cloud environment by offering the efficiencies of public clouds while maintaining the security and control of on-premises private clouds. “The advantage of multi-cloud is the ability to seamlessly move from private to public systems,” explains Massey. “And when you add all these components together, you have a unique solution that allows you to quickly, easily and more cost effectively transition organizations to the cloud. So organizations can have remote workers or folks in the office without having to change a thing with their data center. This is how you future-proof your cloud technology: flexibility, speed and cost effectiveness.”

For more information about how to automate and simplify your organization’s journey to multi-cloud, contact us.