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VMware’s Approach to Multi-Cloud: A Strategy or an Inevitable Outcome? (Or both?)

Register for VMware’s multi-cloud launch event here.

In my last blog, we talked about the idea that multi-cloud is an inevitable outcome whether you have a strategy or not – making the argument that a strategy allows for thoughtful planning and preparation. What kind of a good corporate citizen would I be if I didn’t talk through how VMware can help you build and deliver that multi-cloud strategy? In this post I’ll do just that.  

VMware’s Approach 

VMware’s approach can help at any stage – wherever your business is at any given moment.  Our goal is to reduce the effort it takes to deliver multi-cloud to your organization.  Here’s how we’re doing it: 

Step by Step: Hybrid cloud is often a step on the path to multi-cloud, and VMware Cloud is engineered to simplify migrating your applications to the cloud.  Using VMware HCX, you can bulk migrate hundreds of apps per week!  Once apps have been moved to the cloud, then you can modernize them.  Many companies make the mistake of trying to modernize before they migrate to the cloud.  But migrating then modernizing allows the organization to take advantage of all the cloud benefits, including self-service APIs, dynamic infrastructure (new servers in just a few minutes), new infrastructure services (e.g. Kubernetes), or application services (e.g. databases or messaging systems). 

We have found this model is more successful for our customers for two reasons.  First, there’s often an urgent business driver to move out of the datacenter.  Perhaps a colo is coming off lease or the CFO wants to reduce costs.  Quickly migrating to the cloud, without having to wait the months or years it can take to modernize, allows the business to realize its goals.  Second, the actual process of modernization is faster, due to all the advantages mentioned above the cloud environment provides. 

Multi-Cloud: We recognize there is no “one size fits all” approach to multi-cloud.  Therefore, we have solutions for each of the different multi-cloud approaches discussed in the last blog: 

  • Consistent Infrastructure: Just like in the hybrid cloud use case, VMware Cloud provides a consistent infrastructure platform across clouds for multi-cloud.  VMware Cloud is now running in AWSAzureGCPOracle, and 4,000+ VCPP partners.  This means that whatever clouds you have chosen for your multi-cloud strategy, VMware Cloud is already running there ready to support your applications. 
  • Consistent Applications: The Tanzu portfolio of offerings enables a “build once, run anywhere” app architecture with an emphasis on Kubernetes and Spring.  Tanzu Kubernetes Grid provides the consistent runtime platform with upstream conformant Kubernetes, Tanzu Application Service enables your developers to embrace cloud native patterns and accelerate app delivery, and Tanzu Service Mesh supports both of those with policy-based, app-centric networking and security.  These environments can be seamlessly managed by Tanzu Mission Control and Tanzu Observability.  Moreover, with capabilities like a secure software supply chain delivered by Tanzu Application Catalog and Tanzu Build Service, you can ensure your apps are properly secured and compliant as they run across clouds. 

Benefits of VMware’s Approach 

VMware’s unique approach delivers benefits from lines of business to developers to operations. Let’s take a closer look: 

Lines of businesses and developers – faster delivery.  Developers want a simple way to get their latest innovations to customers as quickly as possible.  There may be business requirements specifying that their apps must run in diverse environments.  Dealing with heterogeneous environments can be a challenge for developers.  Being able to abstract over some of these differences (with either a consistent infrastructure or consistent applications approach) allows developers to focus more on building out their core business logic and less on the specifics of the underlying cloud, enabling them to deliver code to users faster. 

Operations – simplified operations.  While building an app is challenging, operating an app is arguably more so.  The age-old question “if you get paged at 2am in the morning due to an app failure, will you know how to fix it?” applies here.  Ops teams must have the training and tooling in place to be able to respond to outages and ensure the app meets its SLAs.  Diversity in clouds and environments causes challenges for operations teams in that different tools, skillsets, and processes may be needed to address an issue, potentially resulting in longer downtime and missed SLAs.  Being able to leverage a common set of operational tooling across clouds is critical for driving simplicity in operations to meet an app’s SLA.    

CIO/CFO – Economies of scope.  We all understand economies of scale, but let’s define economies of scope: it refers to the breadth of an offering.  Our focus on consistency for the broadest possible set of clouds and on-premises infrastructure drives dramatic OpEx cost efficiency and savings, for both developers and operators.  There are very real challenges in building and managing apps across many diverse clouds and environments, whether it’s needing to fund multiple operations teams, spending more time and money for training, or investing in new tools.  This manifests itself in dramatically higher operating costs from a CIO/CFO point of view.  Focusing on economies of scope with the right infrastructure capabilities and operations tools from VMware can dramatically reduce costs. 

Learn More 

This was just a quick preview of what VMware is doing in multi-cloud and its benefits. We have an exciting multi-cloud launch event soon – March 31 & April 1.  Find out more here.

If you want to get your hands on something today, I recommend you take a deeper look at VMware Cloud on AWS.  It’s a great way to see how VMware can help you and your business with both hybrid and multi-cloud.