As organisations increasingly transition to the cloud, there is a common misconception that on-premises infrastructure may end up becoming obsolete. However, the reality is that on-premises environments still hold immense value and significance in the ever-evolving technology landscape. While the cloud offers its own set of advantages, there are compelling reasons why on-premises infrastructure remains crucial. It provides organisations with greater control, compliance, and data sovereignty, making it an essential component for industries with strict regulatory requirements. Moreover, certain applications and workloads demand the proximity, low latency, and seamless integration that on-premises environments offer.
While on-premises is here to stay, how businesses consume on-premises resources may be changing dramatically. To meet their evolving needs, more and more businesses are demanding a more public cloud-like self-service experience within their on-premises environments.
The Hidden Obstacles of Private Cloud Adoption
Nevertheless, implementing a private cloud environment can pose significant difficulties, financial burdens, and operational complexities for most IT organisations. Moreover, staying abreast of cutting-edge cloud technologies adds to the challenge. These challenges include:
DIY Dilemma - Building and maintaining a private cloud from scratch using traditional technology presents a daunting task. Not only does it come with heavy capital costs, but the journey can stretch over several months. This demanding endeavour requires ongoing investment to update and maintain disparate systems, resulting in increased operational expenses.
Seamless Integration Struggle - Integrating automation platforms seamlessly with existing infrastructure environments is no small feat. The goal is to achieve a harmonious coexistence without disrupting crucial business processes and operations. It calls for meticulous planning and execution to ensure a smooth transition into the realm of modernisation.
Mastering the Art of Automation - To unlock the true potential of data centre modernisation, improving the automation of IT infrastructure is paramount. Incorporating existing governance policies and management tools becomes a vital necessity to efficiently manage both virtual machines and container-based workloads. It is a balancing act that requires expertise and finesse.
Skillset Conundrum - As your IT team takes on the responsibility of automating resources in the existing on-premises data centre, ensuring a consistent cloud infrastructure becomes imperative. The goal is to create an environment that is easy to learn and leverages existing skill sets. By doing so, you can mitigate the risk of skill shortages and empower your team to drive transformation with confidence.
Unfortunately, many struggle to deliver a true self-service consumption and delivery model that provides the fine-grained and centralised governance and control required. In the ever-evolving landscape of IT, conquering these challenges is essential to unlocking the full potential of your private cloud but what’s the best way to do so?
Laying the Right Foundation for Self-Service Private Cloud
VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) has been designed to help businesses transform their on-premises data centre infrastructure into a modern private cloud with self-service consumption and delivery capabilities.
At the core of VCF lies vRealize Automation, the leading infrastructure automation platform in the industry, which enables organisations to rapidly deliver a modern self-service cloud consumption experience powered by DevOps principles, such as Infrastructure-as-Code via VMware Cloud Templates, and infrastructure pipelining.
With VMware Cloud Foundation, organisations can unleash the power of VMware vSphere, VMware NSX, VMware vSAN, and VMware vRealize Suite as the foundation of their software-defined private cloud infrastructure. Within vRealize Suite, vRealize Automation takes centre stage, providing self-service consumption and resource delivery, propelling any VMware Cloud Foundation-based data centre into a modern and intuitive self-service private cloud.
In a nutshell, the capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation offer benefits to various types of companies:
Medium-to-large organisations can leverage these capabilities to streamline their on-premises data centre infrastructure and transition to a modern self-service private cloud, enhancing agility and resource efficiency.
Organisations with complex IT environments can find value in the comprehensive orchestration and automation features, simplifying the management of intricate systems.
Those looking to adopt DevOps practices can harness Infrastructure-as-Code and infrastructure pipelining, facilitating the seamless integration of development and operations.
Companies aiming to optimise resource utilisation and enhance scalability can leverage VMware Cloud Foundation to unlock the potential of software-defined private cloud infrastructure, leveraging VMware's vSphere, NSX, vSAN, and vRealize Suite components.
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