When the concept of the “cloud” came out, many companies were hesitant to adopt the policies and technologies required to take advantage of the concept. These companies had common concerns of the cloud like security, hardware/software reliability, and justifying implementation of the cloud after developing an on-premises solution. Some of the concerns were answered with the development and building of massive data centers, which provided high-end security and hardware redundancy. Without response to other questions, however, it seemed as though “cloud” would be more of a fad than the future, although the concept had been tremendously promising.
Solution to resolve the last set of concerns would seem to fall short as cloud options would come online that made promises they couldn't deliver, costing far more than initially estimated, or failing to be as reliable on the software side as advertised. A first look at VMware cloud raised doubts of this solution being any different than the others. Still, VMware leans heavily on its history as a technology giant to gain traction and credibility. Their three versions of the cloud were simple enough to ease concerns- the Public Cloud, Private or Hybrid.
Public and Private Cloud
The Public and Private Cloud options are straight forward and have their own advantages. The VMware Public Cloud leverages VMware software-defined data center architecture to render a cloud for public use. Though technically there is very little difference between the Private and Public offering, there are differences within the security and policy options. Private Cloud leverages the same VMware software-defined architecture to render a cloud for private use, with VMware’s vSphere. This also provides the foundation for achieving highly available applications and services with a standardized data center, while simplifying tasks like planning and optimizing. This can be done internally, through a third party or hosting externally.
What interests most companies, and is the future of cloud computing, is the Hybrid model.
The Future of Computing- Hybrid Cloud
The VMware version of the term "Hybrid" is similar to the newest trend in cars- both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The Hybrid Cloud takes advantage of a mix of Private, Public, internal, and externally-hosted cloud models. This model makes the most sense in that the most sensitive data and processes can remain onsite and privately controlled, while less important data and processes can be moved off site to free up space and budget.
VMware sets itself apart with a truly seamless and secure solution. The ability to move the data and processes back and forth without a hassle, makes this solution worth every penny. VMware call this solution VMware vCloud Air.
With the ability to leverage existing equipment, companies wouldn’t have to start from scratch. This ability would also help strengthen reliability, for both hardware and software. Administrators would find themselves able to control all aspects of the VMware Hybrid Cloud with a single-pane-of-glass management framework, the same framework VMware users are already familiar with.
Though VMware vCloud Air isn’t necessarily revolutionary, it addresses all the concerns and is easily a top choice with companies looking to make a move in the cloud environment. It is cost-effective, secure, reliable, easy to use, and easy to integrate. Take a look at VMware’s offerings if you are considering a move to the cloud. Download the whitepaper for the Top 5 Reason for Cloud Based Disaster Recovery by VMware, below. Also view a free infographic about the benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery. Contact our cloud specialist for more information.