IT infrastructures have become too complex and brittle. Today, 70% of IT investment is focused on maintenance, leaving little time to support strategic business projects. With users demanding faster response times and management demanding lower costs, IT needs a better strategy. Cloud computing is a new approach that reduces IT complexity by leveraging the efficient pooling of on-demand, self-managed virtual infrastructure, consumed as a service. Cloud computing is central to that better strategy.
How Cloud is Transforming IT
IT organizations must respond to increasing demands from business stakeholders. Virtually every decision business makes involves IT, and in business where first movers gain competitive advantage, IT responsiveness and agility matter. Yet many IT organizations struggle to meet business needs in a timely way because their applications and services run on infrastructures that are too costly to manage and challenging to change.
Today's IT organizations, faced with decreasing resources and increasing business needs, are looking to cloud computing to provide a more efficient, flexible and cost-effective model for delivering IT to business: IT as a Service.
While cloud computing provides the approach, VMware delivers a pragmatic path and customer-proven solutions that allow organizations to preserve existing technology investments, while achieving the goal of enabling IT as a Service.
The Promise of Cloud Computing
The most effective transition to a cloud computing approach enables organizations to yield the following benefits:
Virtualization is the essential catalyst for enabling the transition to cloud computing. VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, builds on virtualization to deliver cloud infrastructure and management solutions, cloud application platform solutions and end-user computing solutions that significantly reduce IT complexity.
VMware's leadership has brought together a broad range of more than 25,000 technology and service partners. VMware is also the industry-leading vendor of core cloud infrastructure to the broadest set of cloud service providers—more than 2,600 vCloud service providers. In addition, VMware is working closely with leading cloud providers such as Bluelock, Colt, SingTel, Terremark and Verizon to deliver new VMware vCloud Datacenter Services. VMware vCloud Datacenter Services are a new breed of enterprise-class hybrid cloud services, offering agility coupled with the security, interoperability and control that enterprises demand. VMware vCloud Datacenter Services are built on a VMware developed architecture and certified by us to be compatible and secure, in contrast to commodity public cloud services.
VMware enables organizations to energize their business, while saving energy— financial, human and the Earth's. Its customer-proven solutions provide organizations with all of the capabilities necessary to achieve the benefits of cloud computing.
Virtualization is indispensable for transitioning legacy applications to new cloud infrastructures and a critical security enabler in a cloud environment. VMware provides the foundation for the next generation of cloud security to address the challenges of securing applications and data in the cloud. VMware solutions offer unique introspection capabilities that help to identify hard-to-detect problems and enable comprehensive security controls. These capabilities result in better performance, reduced complexity and more comprehensive security protection.
With VMware solutions, organizations can be assured security policies can be rapidly implemented and monitored for IT compliance while maintaining the relevant levels of control and visibility into ownership domains. They can make security agile, so IT staff can leverage dynamic capabilities, such as live migration, and ensure that the security policies follow the IT service seamlessly. They can also deliver a single, cost-effective framework for the comprehensive protection of cloud deployments.
Automation and Management
Instead of spending valuable time managing physical infrastructure or applications, VMware solutions enable organizations to focus on innovation and delivering value to the business. Once all hardware resources are pooled into virtual building blocks and service-levels are defined with associated applications, organizations can deploy an automation plan based upon business rules and application needs. Cloud automation and cloud management drive the ultimate efficiency in IT, mapping plans and policies to the business and defining them within the service delivery mechanism (applications and services delivered according to service-levels) of the cloud.
Automation and management rules applied to the cloud infrastructure effectively lead to a zero-touch infrastructure, where IT is available as a service. IT organizations also can better manage risk with an approach to cloud computing that retains the security, control and compliance that the business demands.
Interoperability and Openness
In addition to serving as a secure foundation for cloud computing, VMware solutions ensure application portability between internal datacenters and external hosting and service provider clouds from VMware vCloud partners. This enables applications to run with little or no modification internally or externally. Beyond infrastructure, VMware offers a cloud application platform that allows developers to create portable cloud applications that further enhance an organization's ability to respond to change. Today, more than 2 million developers worldwide rely on VMware cloud application platform solutions to create rich applications that are portable, dynamic, scalable and optimized for cloud-scale deployment, including deployment on popular public cloud offerings such as VMforce and Google App Engine. IT staff can extend this agility to end users by leveraging VMware solutions to dynamically provision and manage cloud-ready IT services securely across any device.
VMware solutions ensure application mobility and portability between clouds within a common management and security model. They are based on open standards, including the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), which has been adopted as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. They also extend to a large ecosystem of service providers.
Self-Service for the Cloud
At the application or service layer, cloud computing offers a new service consumption approach that applies standardization and automation to enable rapid service provisioning. By standardizing processes, increasing automation and delivering IT as a Service, VMware solutions help drive additional savings beyond virtualization, while significantly reducing the amount of maintenance required per IT administrator.
Instead of waiting for manual IT procurement and provisioning processes, lines of business are able to consume services exactly when they need them. With new VMware products, IT organizations can now deliver standardized IT services on shared infrastructure through a Web-based catalog. By standardizing these service offerings, organizations can simplify many IT management tasks—from troubleshooting and patching to change management—and eliminate much of the administrative maintenance that burdens an IT team today. They can also automate provisioning through policy-based workflows that empower validated users to deploy preconfigured services with the click of a button. Meanwhile, IT retains control over policies and billing that govern service usage.