Increased complexity is one of the biggest challenges facing IT teams in building and managing multicloud environments. Using different management tools for different platforms, whether private or public clouds, makes it harder—if not impossible—to effectively manage costs, security, governance, performance, compliance and availability.
Multicloud complexity also limits the potential benefits of automation and increases the risk that data silos and lack of portability between applications will inhibit digital transformation efforts—rendering the organization ineffective in its ultimate goal of leveraging all data to drive competitive advantage.
When it comes to managing multicloud environments, there has to be a better way than having multiple infrastructure platforms that are non-integrated and often incompatible. Fortunately, there is.
With a single hybrid cloud model from Dell Technologies and VMware, IT teams can use a consistent, familiar and common set of unified management tools across their entire hybrid cloud environment—from data center to the edge to multiple public clouds.
The business case for a consistent hybrid cloud
Typically, IT teams don’t have to make the business case for moving workloads and applications to the cloud. These days, the directive to move to the cloud is just as likely to be driven by business leaders, line-of-business managers and DevOps teams, in addition to IT.
However, it is up to IT to make it all work—consistently, cost effectively and securely—without disrupting ongoing business operations and creating a clear and simple path to cloud services for all of the organization’s varied, and demanding, constituencies.
So, while IT doesn’t necessarily have to make the business case for why to move workloads and applications to the cloud, it is IT’s responsibility to determine how to move workloads and applications to the cloud.
When you look at the numbers and take into account the actual experience of customers, the business rationale for using a single, consistent platform is pretty much an open-and-shut case. Here are some reasons why:
- Drive cost savings: IT decision-makers said using consistent infrastructure management tools across private and public cloud locations would reduce costs by an average of 19%, according to research by Enterprise Strategy Group.
- Improve business continuity: The same study showed that IT leaders said consistency would reduce the number of security breaches, application outages and other events affecting their public-cloud-resident data by 30% on average.
- Accelerate time to market: IT can shorten the time to migrate a cloud workload from one cloud to another, or back on premises, by an average of 35%. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said a consistent platform increases their pace of innovation, ultimately resulting in five incremental products or services launched annually.
- Improve developer experience and performance: More than 95% of IT decision-makers said a consistent platform makes it easier to push code into production, with 56% saying they would expect at least daily code pushes. Developer experience also improves dramatically with a single platform that can support containers and virtual machines using a consistent architecture.
The experience of customers that have leveraged a consistent platform for cloud migration provides further evidence and real-world affirmation of these benefits. A few examples:
- The state of Illinois saved $26 million in five years with a consistent hybrid cloud that delivered improved economics.
- Bank Leumi enabled developers to push code in hours, not days, and delivered new mobile experiences.
- A large telecommunications services company saved 86% after moving workloads from a public cloud back on premises.
IT teams have many options in deciding where to run IT infrastructure and how to migrate workloads and applications to the cloud. Sometimes having too much choice can result in confusion and complexity. The path to the cloud needs to be flexible, secure, cost effective and nondisruptive. But it also needs to effectively reduce complexity rather than add to it.
A hybrid cloud platform that provides consistency in operations, tools, processes and policies across multicloud environments helps IT reduce complexity while limiting disruption. The business case is clear: A consistent platform from data center to edge to multiple clouds can save money, reduce risk, improve business continuity and accelerate time to market.
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