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Getting to the Cloud Quickly with VMware Cloud Foundation: How An Integrated Solution Can Speed Your Time to Market

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

If you’re like most organizations, you’re looking to leverage the cloud—but in way that makes sense for your business.  Sometimes that includes building a private cloud—or running workloads in a public cloud.  The challenge can be uniting both worlds in a way that makes sense—and works with the direction you’ve already taken with your data center strategy.

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Whether starting from scratch from bare metal or looking to leverage your existing infrastructure investments—there’s just a lot of guess work involved with creating your cloud strategy, especially since most organizations want a hybrid cloud approach.  But what if there were ways to remove most of that guesswork and achieve some really remarkable results by using an integrated solution that’s already solved most of your challenges?

In fact, VMware has created such an integrated solution, VMware Cloud Foundation, that can help you:

  • Accelerate your time to market up to 15x faster time by eliminating complex processes around system design, testing, bring-up, configuration, and provisioning
  • De-risk your cloud deployment with quick, repeatable, secure deployments
  • Lower TCO of private cloud deployments by up to 30-40%*
  • Future proof infrastructure by running any app, both traditional and cloud-native in containers
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VMware Cloud Foundation provides you a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security and cloud management that allows you to run enterprise apps—traditional or containerized —in private or public environments.  The end result is a hybrid cloud platform than can span private and public environments, offering a consistent operational model based on well-known vSphere tools and processes, and the freedom to run applications anywhere without the complexity of application re-writing.

What’s nice about this integrated approach is that it is designed to deployed in multiple ways: on-premises on certified hardware from major OEM vendors, or run as a service from VMware’s own VMware Cloud on AWS or from a select number of VMware Cloud Providers.

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Because the stack is integrated—it includes unique lifecycle management services that automate day 0 to day 2 operations, from bring up to configuration, resources provisioning, and patching/upgrades.   In fact, this automation can result in 2.5x higher productivity for your IT staff when it comes to managing your cloud infrastructure.  All in all, you get to cloud faster with VMware Cloud Foundation. 

With VMware Cloud Foundation, you get the ultimate cloud flexibility and freedom. On one side of the scale, a business can choose to maintain their private cloud on-premises and expand it to the public cloud for select applications and workloads – like DevTest, disaster recovery, or seasonal spikes. In the middle, you can also consider consolidating your on-premises data center and private clouds and migrate more apps and workloads to the public cloud.

At the other side of the scale, businesses can reduce their on-premises infrastructure and move their private cloud to the public cloud. No matter your approach, you get to cloud faster with VMware Cloud Foundation. 

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While the needs of any organization vary, getting to cloud faster can help you with several different strategic initiatives you might be facing, including:

  • CAPEX cost reduction by moving to a cloud infrastructure
  • Better OPEX margins through IT automation
  • Faster hybrid cloud adoption by running a platform you trust on-premises and as-a-service on a public cloud
  • Larger, hassle-free VDI deployments leveraging the cloud

Is VMware Cloud Foundation right for your cloud strategy?  You won’t really know until you do some investigation, but Clearpath Solutions Group can help you decide.  They can look at what VMware solutions you might already be using and can be leveraged to lower your costs and speed your time to market too.  So why not find out how quickly you can get to cloud?  It might be quicker than you think!

*Data based on internal VMware analysis and testing

Topics: VMware, VMware Cloud Foundation

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