Today’s workforce is no longer desktop-bound. Your company’s employees have become digital nomads, constantly seeking new tools and technologies to work successfully from anywhere. They have a variety of devices to choose from, but, at the end of the day, IT must still manage and protect every endpoint, PC, macOS, user, app, and bit of data – even when they sit outside the traditional corporate network.
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.
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
Planning for the future means endless possibilities. Where should our data be stored? How do today’s infrastructure decisions impact our end-state goal? Where are our workloads going to be run? What are our future capacity needs? As an IT professional these questions are constantly at the forefront of your mind. According to research firm IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is leading the fastest growing segment of storage solutions, making it the hot topic in every discussion.
Today’s IT executives have been keeping a watchful eye on the improvements in HCI since it has been around for several years but has only recently seen rapid adoption. New generations of HCI solutions provide faster deployment, lower cost of operations, and increased ROI—making the modern enterprise more flexible and agile. As businesses of all sizes see the benefits of adopting HCI, the adoption rates continue to compound.
We’ve all heard that cloud computing is coming and taking over but when will it finally happen? It’s here! But what does this mean to enterprise IT? Companies can now pursue numerous infrastructure possibilities with the confidence that they can support their business and deliver significant benefits.
Why Move to Hybrid Cloud?
In Clearpath’s experience, moving workloads to a hybrid cloud model using VMware’s Cloud Management Platform delivers high levels of agility, efficiency, and control across traditional and cloud native applications. Public cloud availability gives access to on-demand and temporary resource needs without high-cost, on-premise investments. At the same time, data stored in the enterprise’s private cloud environment can be accessed with less frequency or with the greatest speed.
Many experts agree that 2018 is the breakthrough year for cloud computing. Adopting any form of hybrid cloud gives customers the best of both private and public clouds - 96% of enterprises have adopted some form of the cloud while 81% have embraced hybrid cloud¹.
Ask any corporate worker or the IT employee charged with managing their technology usage and you will hear about the multitude of applications used daily. Whether at their office or on the go with their phone, new work trends require IT teams to navigate a nuanced world, affected by the rise of data breaches and hiring of remote workers.
One area of re-emergence is the interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. Defined as virtualization solutions which host a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center, VDI solutions simulate operating systems from a host of devices including traditional PCs or mobile phones and tablets. VDI exists in persistent and non-persistent states, which respectively saves and discards sessions after each session, offering a differing level of personalization and protection against security breaches.
Let’s face it, the world of security has been very preoccupied. Between hardening the networks, and wresting to gain control over the exponential growth of mobile and remote access, security engineers have been busy. The boundaries of IT’s realm have blurred, making security around both these areas an ongoing challenge as hackers continue to innovate against your dynamic, distributed infrastructure landscape.
Enterprise mobile management (EMM) and the latest endpoint security technologies have enabled new levels of user flexibility while minimizing risk. And network virtualization solutions allow for unprecedented capabilities to detect and isolate problems behind the firewall.
But in a world where everything we do in IT, and in business, is driven by apps, it makes sense to adopt an app-centric approach to security.
As the end of general support for both vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 approaches in this fall—many CIOs and IT directors are wondering if upgrading to the latest version of vSphere is a wise move beyond just the comfort of running a supported version of the product. After all—VMs are pretty standard fare for data centers today. What can a new version of vSphere really offer?
First of all—many people are hailing vSphere 6.5 as the most beneficial upgrade in years, and customers are moving it into production environments at an unprecedented rate. The impending end of general support only accounts for some of that production adoption—the remainder resides in the strengths and benefits of vSphere 6.5. In fact—vSphere 6.5 if the foundation of VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy moving forward—and is required for cross-cloud architectures. This fact alone may account for its rapid adoption, but let’s explore a bit further.
While many organizations are moving toward hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) models for a variety of reasons, there are some areas that need to be considered when mapping out your own storage solution with an HCI approach.First of all—there are two main driving forces toward HCI: cost savings and efficiency gains. Many software-defined HCI storage solutions are designed to run on commodity hardware, which means many organizations can either repurpose existing hardware or purchase lower-cost commodity x86 compliant storage – and let the hypervisor layer determine the storage operation and function—something typically done by bare-metal, storage specific hardware that was often proprietary. With solutions like VMware vSAN demonstrating 50% cost savings over industry-leading proprietary equipment—it’s no wonder CIOs are looking towards HCI as a storage solution of the future. 1
The efficiency gains promised by HCI storage solutions come mainly in increased storage performance and reductions in operating expenses. A large part of this savings comes from the common management and administration of a virtualization platform that covers all three pillars of the traditional data center: compute, storage, and network. However, the interweaving of all components of the data center into a hyper-converged infrastructure also means IT departments need to take careful note of how the network and the storage will interact.
The move to hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) is on!
However, many CIOs hit the brakes when it comes to knowing how to implement HCI initiatives and not wreck the IT budget. Certainly—one doesn’t want to replace all the existing equipment in the data center with converged infrastructure appliances all at once. Is there a way to use existing infrastructure and still take advantage of hyper-convergence and software-defined infrastructure while planning for equipment replacements down the road?
The simple answer is YES. And by building on existing infrastructure and leveraging commodity x86 equipment—CIOs can experience significant CapEx savings compared to hardware replacements. Certainly CIOs’ ears prick up when they hear figures of nearly 50% savings,1 but what does this mean for an IT department? Are there any other advantages to creating a virtual SAN now versus just waiting to implement HCI appliances as hardware refresh cycles come due?
It is critical that differences between software-defined storage (SDS) and storage virtualization be understood. While there is some overlap between the two—an ideal solution combines both SDS and storage virtualization for maximum benefit to the organization.
There’s no doubt that your enterprise is consistently looking toward greater security, especially in the face of today’s BYOD trend, which seems to present a whole new set of threats as you aim to defend your business, operations, and clients.
People bring their own devices to work--- and despite everything, they want to use those personal devices on corporate or government networks. And the reverse happens as well: employees want to use company-issued mobile devices to work from home or while on-the-move. Given that the majority of end-point users have no idea what mobile device hygiene means, employees who either take the BYOD approach or use corporate devices outside the firewall are putting their organizations at risk.