By VMware Guest Blog
Whether it’s a cloud-first mandate, data center consolidation requirements or just the obvious benefits, more and more federal agencies are looking to embrace what cloud computing represents.
Just as virtualization was welcomed during the past decade, organizations are continuing to see the increased agility that IT can deliver in meeting demands with more dynamic forms of IT infrastructure. With flat or decreasing budgets, IT is continuing to look to new innovations to optimize the limited resources they have. Overall, the cloud promises to make IT more adaptive, cost effective and accommodating in providing IT services. Some of these benefits, however, are being balanced with concerns over data security in multitenant environments, impacts to compliance-related requirements or decreased control over governance and costs. VMware is looking to balance this equation and de-risk the adoption of cloud-based service delivery.
There are some things being learned along the migration path to cloud. Organizations are learning that not all cloud platforms are the same and that traditional applications being migrated to proprietary clouds that are not consistent with their onsite data centers can result in greater cost and expense. Long-standing systems that run key mission applications are not friendly to change and require operational consistency and reliability to avoid greater challenges in migration.
Most cloud providers are offering platforms that are limited extensions to existing networks and require additional investments in new management tools, processes and skill sets that create redundancy, increased costs and greater risk.
Because of this, a growing number of agencies are embracing a hybrid cloud approach. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines hybrid cloud as a composition of multiple cloud infrastructures that can enable data and application portability. Most agencies need to embrace their current investments in applications and infrastructure while they modernize their environments and build for the future. The hybrid model, where you maintain a consistent platform between your data center and cloud, is the best way to do that.
Cloud-based services have expanded the needs of customers and opened a host of new business opportunities for VMware and our partners. These opportunities include helping customers target strategic ways to consume cloud services while extending the value of their legacy investments. For example, customers often need help in understanding when a Dedicated Cloud model might be more appropriate than a multitenant Virtual Private Cloud. As customers prepare to tackle their various business transformation projects, they will invest with partners that can combine the technical knowledge of VMware Cloud Services with the best practices and skills necessary to help them move their organizations to the mobile cloud era.
Opportunities to differentiate your business range from promoting tactical adoption for testing and proof of concepts, to more comprehensive consulting on the most significant development and execution of cloud-centered strategies. vCloud Government Service, provided by VMware and Carpathia, allows your customers to create a balance between the investments they’ve already made in their onsite data center with the flexible capacity options that only a public cloud can provide. The combination of the two enables greater scalability than either one alone could provide.
vCloud Government Service also enables flexible capacity with more predictable cost controls over traditional approaches requiring incremental capital costs. With access to burst capacity as a variable cost, customers can preserve the capacity of their onsite data center for mission data and applications that, for a variety of cost, latency or compliance reasons, can’t reside offsite. You can show them how to test new projects much more quickly without concerns over the impact a failure could have on their onsite data center. Hybrid offers organizations the best of both worlds and provides a low-cost/low-risk way of migrating to the benefits of cloud computing.
VMware’s vCloud Government Service is an infrastructure-as-a-service solution delivering a hybrid government cloud to meet cloud-first policy requirements. This service operates with a FedRAMP P-ATO issued by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) and is built on vSphere, the same platform that 80% of federal agencies currently operate on today. With vCloud Government Service, agencies can reduce their dependency on CapEx cost models, lower their management costs, and create more scalable data center service delivery with lower risk and cost.
If your agency customers need a balanced way to quickly and effectively migrate to the cloud, vCloud Government Service will deliver a low-risk and cost-effective option. vCloud Government Service is a hybrid-first approach to meeting a cloud-first mandate. For more information, please visit the VMware vCloud Government Services page.