Cross-Cloud Architecture

Modernising the data center is the way towards digital and DevOps

Business and IT leaders agree that data center and cloud transformation will yield big benefits, ranging from greater business agility and responsiveness to change, greater cost efficiencies and faster time to innovation for new applications.

But that doesn&#rsquo;t necessarily mean scrapping everything that already exists within the business and starting from scratch. Instead, businesses can bring their IT environment up-to-date by modernising the infrastructure, automating IT and running modern apps.

Data center modernisation is at the heart of this movement to change.

For some businesses it could mean a move to DevOps, for others it could be a shift to transforming into a digital business. Many are striving for both. Either way, data center modernisation can lead to a significant boost in speed and agility – two key attributes at the heart of DevOps and digital transformation.

Take Amdocs, a market leader in customer experience software and services. The company had a challenge to provision an environment for developers and testers to work quickly without depending on IT.

&#rsquo;Previously, it took us between three hours to three days to provision an environment, which is market standard. It wasn&#rsquo;t enough for us,&#rdquo; said Golan Remi, Head of Global Business Technologies at Amdocs IT.

&#rsquo;We needed to transform our code from development through testing for the customer in record time, so we conducted a POC with multiple private cloud vendors. The VMware solutions proved to be the closest to our requirements and the easiest to install and operate,&#rdquo; he explained.

The organisation deployed a large-scale private cloud based on VMware&#rsquo;s software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture. It allowed Amdocs to provision thousands of vApps on a daily basis as part of Amdocs&#rsquo; automated DevOps processes.

Previously it took the organisation between three days to a few weeks to create a full environment for its developers – but this has all changed.

&#rsquo;Now, a developer can come to work, press a button, go and make a coffee and when they come back the environment is ready for them,&#rdquo; Remi said.

The company is able to globally provision an environment to all of its developers and testers with zero dependency on IT, while also significantly shortening its ramp up time and being more flexible to its customers&#rsquo; needs.

Another example of a company that has been implementing a DevOps philosophy is Telefonica, the huge digital telco with more than 300 million users in 21 countries across the world.

Its Senior DevOps Manager, Gustavo Martin Bouso, said that the company took the decision to refresh its hardware and storage using the hyper-converged system.

&#rsquo;The benefits including a reduction in cost, a reduction in complexity and having a scalable system. VMware is helping us with digital transformation,&#rdquo; he said.

It&#rsquo;s clear with these examples that with SDDC technologies, customers can modernise data centers for infrastructure flexibility, security, and scalability.

To go a step further, organisations can leverage VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture, easily extending this to public clouds, giving their developers an integrated hybrid cloud environment for deploying modern apps.

This is all part of their journey towards a DevOps culture and a digital future.

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Four reasons to adopt a Cross-Cloud approach to IT

A Cross-Cloud approach can deliver cloud freedom, choice and control, helping your business accelerate on its digital transformation journey. However, securely managing and bridging the gap between multiple clouds while managing risk, cost and security can be difficult.

Richard Munro, Chief Technologist and Technical Director for vCloud Air EMEA at VMware, is instrumental in helping organizations accelerate their cloud transformation deliverables with VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture. In the series of videos below, Richard discusses the benefits of taking a Cross-Cloud approach in helping all lines of the business drive innovation and deliver on their goals – and considers the key questions you should be asking when it comes to starting your cloud journey.

Video #1: How can organizations modernize their infrastructure with Cross-Cloud?

Digital transformation, cloud transformation, business transformation – how can organisations get started? Hear how a unified, integrated Cross-Cloud approach to IT infrastructure can help businesses begin to transform and evolve.

Video #2: Transforming enterprise security: How can Cross-Cloud help?

Security in the modern enterprise requires taking a practical view of the risk profile for each of your applications and making the right assertions on how you are going to protect each of those. Discover how VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture along with NSX can help you protect your business across platforms, applications and clouds.

Video #3: How can you empower your Digital Workspace?

Your workforce wants simplicity when it comes to mobility. They want freedom to choose their mobile device and freedom to choose their mode of access - but IT still needs some control. Hear from Richard Munro on how VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture can bring freedom and control together in the Digital Workspace – by allowing IT to regulate the environment without alienating the people they are trying to help.

Video #4: What impact will public cloud have on the enterprise of the future?

How can IT contribute to an organization&#rsquo;s 2020 plan? Public cloud services are going to be a part of that plan. Watch how you can integrate public clouds and break down processes and silos in order to help your business achieve its transformation goals.

Want to hear more about how VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture can help you navigate your cloud journey? Discover more on our Cross-Cloud Radius page.

Want to get started? Take a read of our comprehensive eBook, &#rsquo;Network Virtualization for Dummies&#rdquo; and bring your network into the future of business. Download here.

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A Balancing Act: Can Cloud Support Innovation in Education as well as IT Control?

We spoke to George Wraith, Head of ICT at New College Durham, on how technology is playing a crucial role in enabling a stimulating teaching environment with the most up to date learning resources.

Until seven years ago, most of the education sector pursued a centralized IT strategy – and our college was no different. The key driver was costs. This approach allowed us to manage and control the costs of people, equipment, set-up and management from one place.

Around 2010, the emergence of mobile technologies triggered a gradual but notable shift to an increasingly decentralized approach. Students began using their own laptops and teachers began using Internet-based teaching resources. New College Durham embraced the adoption of mobility on campus. The IT team set up the systems, specified the devices and then passed it on to the college staff to manage.

Since then, various departments at our college have directly purchased applications or cloud-based systems to improve the quality of teaching. But this can present challenges for the IT department. Sometimes we&#rsquo;re by-passed until the point of system implementation or involved only when there&#rsquo;s a problem that needs fixing. It&#rsquo;s an unexpected drain on our IT resources and results in cost and management inefficiencies.

But it&#rsquo;s not just about resources. Data protection must be a key consideration when any cloud-based applications are evaluated for use at the college. We are bound by strict data protection regulations and we have a governance team to ensure compliance. For example, all personal data must reside in the UK – this clearly impacts on the suitability of different cloud services for some applications.

Of course, used in the right way, the cloud offers our college a valuable, complementary resource to our existing IT infrastructure. Our students use Office 365 and benefit greatly from our VLE (virtual learning environment), a cloud-based system that allows teachers to share educational materials with students. Some of our corporate systems are cloud-based and our disaster recovery set-up relies on VMware vCloud Air.

I believe that cloud services will gain in popularity throughout the education sector, but we need to find the right balance between innovation for college departments and control for the IT team. That&#rsquo;s why the Cross-Cloud Architecture announcement from VMware is so important – it&#rsquo;s designed to give organizations the freedom to innovate while maintaining control.

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Four reasons to adopt a Cross-Cloud approach to IT

A Cross-Cloud approach can deliver cloud freedom, choice and control, helping your business accelerate on its digital transformation journey. However, securely managing and bridging the gap between multiple clouds while managing risk, cost and security can be difficult.

Richard Munro, Chief Technologist and Technical Director for vCloud Air EMEA at VMware, is instrumental in helping organisations accelerate their cloud transformation deliverables with VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture. In the series of videos below, Richard discusses the benefits of taking a Cross-Cloud approach in helping all lines of the business drive innovation and deliver on their goals – and considers the key questions you should be asking when it comes to starting your cloud journey.

Video #1: How can organisations modernise their IT infrastructure with Cross-Cloud?

Digital transformation, cloud transformation, business transformation – how can organisations get started? Hear how a unified, integrated Cross-Cloud approach to IT infrastructure can help businesses begin to transform and evolve.

Video #2: Transforming enterprise security: How can Cross-Cloud help?

Security in the modern enterprise requires taking a practical view of the risk profile for each of your applications and making the right assertions on how you are going to protect each of those. Discover how VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture along with NSX can help you protect your business across platforms, applications and clouds.

Video #3: How can you empower your Digital Workspace?

Your workforce wants simplicity when it comes to mobility. They want freedom to choose their mobile device and freedom to choose their mode of access - but IT still needs some control. Hear from Richard Munro on how VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture can bring freedom and control together in the Digital Workspace – by allowing IT to regulate the environment without alienating the people they are trying to help.

Video #4: What impact will public cloud have on the enterprise of the future?

How can IT contribute to an organisation&#rsquo;s 2020 plan? Public cloud services are going to be a part of that plan. Watch how you can integrate public clouds and break down processes and silos in order to help your business achieve its transformation goals.

Want to hear more about how VMware&#rsquo;s Cross-Cloud Architecture can help you navigate your cloud journey? Discover more on our Cross-Cloud Radius page.

Want to get started? Take a read of our comprehensive eBook, &#rsquo;Network Virtualization for Dummies&#rdquo; and bring your network into the future of business. Download here.

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