Why VMware’s Cloud Foundation is Essential for Your Multi-cloud Adoption
In today’s ever changing landscape of cyber security, big data and squeezed margins, most organizations are wondering how to become more efficient, more profitable and faster without compromising their data or security. For many of these organizations, cloud adoption is the easy answer. Cloud offers a quick way to access company data from anywhere – from the data center to the edge – and can come with attractive cost savings for organizations that don’t have the need or the CapEx to spend on large foot prints, especially while the majority of employees continue to work remotely. If you’re part of the 72% of organizations wanting to move to the cloud today, you’re probably wondering: where to start? Or how do you do it?
Some of the most common challenges to cloud adoption include:
- Security (maintaining the current level, keeping it through transition, future-proofing the system once adoption is complete)
- What goes into the actual process (ex. what workloads you want to move, how to move it back and forth)
- Understanding the value of cloud adoption (cost, efficiencies, etc.)
- Lack of resources and budget (figuring out how to allocate each)
- What to do with legacy technology
- How to reduce complexity issue for IT teams
These challenges can be overcome through a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud solution. This approach can often times be the most effective cloud solution because it is a mixture of public and private systems. A multi-cloud solution takes existing systems and processes into account while enabling organizations to take advantage of the latest in technology innovation. The solution also needs to be architected with business and mission in mind and leverage multiple cloud technologies into a seamless architecture.
When evaluating how to build out your multi-cloud approach, it makes sense to research tools from vendors that already have the proven experience and solutions. VMware is an American cloud computing and virtualization technology company that currently helps lead the market on cloud offerings. VMware Cloud Foundation supports both traditional enterprise and modern apps and provides a complete set of highly secure, software-defined services for compute, storage, network, security, Kubernetes and cloud management. It is a collection of their best products including vSAN, vSphere, vRealize, NSX and Tanzu. VMware’s platform allows organizations to manage their entire app portfolio across hybrid and native public clouds, making it easy to not just start your cloud adoption journey but to also own the flexibility and agility of multi-cloud.
Let’s break down these pieces of their powerful cloud foundation solution:
- vSphere – VMware’s server virtualization software that powers computing environments for modern applications using any combination of virtual machines, containers and Kubernetes
- vSan – an enterprise-class storage virtualization software (vSphere native) that is flash-optimized and reduces storage cost, complexity, and provides the easiest path to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and hybrid cloud
- vRealize – a portfolio of products for hybrid cloud management that enables consistent deployment and operation of apps, infrastructure, and platform services across the hybrid cloud
- NSX Data Center – allows for efficient and simplified management the entire networks as a single entity from a single pane of glass
- Tanzu – build, run, and manage Kubernetes controlled, container-based applications on any cloud by modernizing applications and automating the path to production
While VMware’s Cloud Foundation is a powerful tool, it is just what it says: a foundation. To build your holistic environment to move to multi-cloud, organizations also need robust software and processors that are built to deliver the power and speed on which multi-cloud relies. For software, organizations are finding success via a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). HCI is a software-defined, unified system that combines all the elements of a traditional data center: storage, compute, networking and management. Dell’s VxRail product, powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge server platforms and VxRail HCI System Software, uses software to replace expensive, purpose-built hardware and allows organizations to decrease data center complexity and increase scalability. For speed and performance, the market-leading option is Intel’s Optane technology for memory and storage. The cornerstone product of Intel’s reduces bottlenecks and reduces data latency, leading organizations to realize more agility and more productivity when interacting with their data centers.
To enable a true path to multi-cloud using the best technologies available today, organizations would intuitively want to combine all of them to carve a path to the best multi-cloud for business success. Iron Bow’s IronTarget is exactly that.
IronTarget is a simplified means of migrating to a multi-cloud environment by offering the natively integrated capabilities of Dell’s VxRail, Intel’s Optane technology, and VMware’s Cloud Foundation. It brings the efficiencies of public clouds while maintaining the security and control of on-premises private clouds. The advantage of IronTarget is that it is a unique solution that allows organizations to quickly, easily and more cost effectively transition organizations to the cloud. It also enables organizations to:
- Meet federally-issued cloud mandates
- Allow workloads to be simply moved back and forth as needed
- Virtualize legacy apps to work in cloud environments
- Achieve cost and performance optimization through the combination of the above partner products
The journey to multi-cloud comes with its own challenges but it doesn’t have to be an arduous journey. With the right tools and solutions, organizations can not just adopt multi-cloud but implement the best solutions through one simple, secure and robust tool: IronTarget™.
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