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The Business Case for a Consistent Platform From Data Center to Multi-Cloud to Edge

Migrating applications to the public cloud is a goal of many enterprises, but it is not a simple task. Lack of consistency between cloud platforms is a huge challenge, causing 86% of enterprises to consider or actually execute repatriation of workloads from the public cloud back to the data center.

It doesn’t have to be this way. 

IT teams can, and should, embrace a consistent hybrid cloud platform that uses a single set of tools and processes from the data center to multi-cloud environments and edge locations. IDC describes consistency across multi-cloud platforms as “the key differentiator defining the next generation of hybrid cloud.”

By using a consistent hybrid cloud platform, organizations can simplify operations, apply uniform security policies and accelerate application development to drive innovation and fortify digital transformation. In addition, organizations can achieve cost savings of up to 47% over a five-year period vs. a native public cloud, according to analysis by IDC.

What is a consistent hybrid cloud platform?
A consistent hybrid cloud platform unifies public and private cloud platforms under a common operating environment and management framework. IT teams can operate both public and private cloud platforms using one set of tools and processes, allowing:

  • Consistency: A single consistent management view from the data center to public clouds to edge locations, mitigating the costs and risks of duplicating management tools for each platform.
  • Automation and intelligence: The ability to use the same processes for provisioning and scaling across all platforms, enhanced by the pervasive use of automation and intelligence.
  • Portability: Simple portability of applications, workloads and data between different cloud platforms, making it easier to be agile in matching the right cloud solution to the needs of each workload.

The fastest and safest path to a consistent hybrid cloud platform is through VMware. VMware is the dominant virtualization platform for business-critical applications and provides tools to empower the development of cloud-native applications and capabilities that can be tightly integrated with legacy apps and workloads.

Migrating with VMware also enables organizations to leverage best-of-breed infrastructure technologies from Dell Technologies to increase agility, accelerate innovation, improve cloud economics and reduce business risk. Because VMware and Dell Technologies are tightly integrated, customers can choose from a variety of migration options, including hyper-converged infrastructure, validated designs and consumption-based data center-as-a-service options.

What are the business benefits?
With a consistent hybrid cloud platform it is possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data center, transfer best practices for management and security to all of your clouds and easily extend all of these benefits to edge locations.

These capabilities bring measurable improvements in total cost of ownership, simplicity, application performance, productivity, scalability, speed to market and access to innovation. One reason IDC describes a consistent hybrid cloud platform as a key differentiator is because IDC has done significant research analyzing the benefits of this model. The IDC research shows that IT modernization for cloud consistency delivers:

  • More cost-effective and efficient IT operations resulting in 17% lower IT budgets.
  • A 44% increase in the efficiency of IT management teams and a 28% improvement in developer productivity.
  • Improved performance, with 45% lower application latency.
  • Better access to data that drives analytical insights with 53% faster completion of analytical queries.
  • More effective use of hybrid cloud environments, enabling approximately 3.5 times as many applications in the cloud.
  • Improved scalability with 48% faster deployment of new servers and 46% faster deployment of new storage.
  • Acceleration of new applications and services with 51% faster development cycles.

Conclusion
The business benefits of a consistent hybrid cloud platform can be dramatic, but the journey to get there is a process. IDC notes that this journey requires IT modernization and rethinking the IT ecosystem from technologies deployed, to processes followed to the types of skills required.

Like any journey, it has to start somewhere. To learn more about how the combination of Dell infrastructure and VMware software can help smooth your journey to a consistent hybrid cloud platform, please visit Dell and review the articles and resources throughout the special web site.

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