It’s the successor to CloudFirst and the next generation of cloud thinking! Like most organizations, you are on the journey to cloud adoption…and you probably have questions about all the options that are available to you.
Is your organization just getting started on your cloud adoption journey? Are you looking to adjust course mid-stream and take advantage of new cloud technologies? Perhaps you’re already leveraging cloud to deliver most or all of your IT services and are ready to optimize in specific areas such as cost or availability. You need an experienced guide, working with you to identify where you are, where you need to be and determine the best path forward. Wherever you are on your journey, an IT Partners CloudSmart Workshop can help you get there faster!
Public cloud has completely changed how IT organizations think about the economics of delivering IT services. In the public cloud model—you only expect to pay for the services you consume—you don’t over-provision infrastructure and you stop using (and paying) for something when you no longer need it. Your on-premise infrastructure should be consumable in the same way and provide your organization with that same flexibility. We can help you adopt a common cloud economics model for almost everything you use to deliver IT services.
Data Center Modernization
Most organizations will continue to deliver certain IT services “on-premise” because of performance, security or other constraints that rule out public cloud or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) options. Whether on-premise means your own data center or a co-location facility, the infrastructure platforming those services should enable some of the same benefits that make cloud so attractive—it should be flexible, standards-based, scalable and orchestratable. Hyper-converged and composable infrastructure from HPE and Dell Technologies, running VMware’s Cloud Foundation platform, provides those capabilities, and their innovative consumption-model solutions allow for cloud economics in your own data center.
Containers and Kubernetes
Containers and the Kubernetes container management platform can deliver significant value to IT organizations with strong applications development expertise. This means you can lift and shift existing applications to containers and build microservices applications to deliver value to your users faster. Use end-to-end developer and CI/CD tools to develop, update and deploy your containerized applications to any supported platform. Public cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services offer scalable Kubernetes clusters as a service, and now with vSphere 7 and VMware Cloud Foundation, a single familiar platform can support both containerized and virtual machine workloads.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
IaaS solutions allow you to quickly create a secure and scalable infrastructure while reducing the time and money spent to plan, procure and manage it. You can provision infrastructure for all or some of your workloads, create a hybrid environment that is functionally consistent with your on-premises infrastructure and reduce and optimize costs. Infrastructure-as-a-service solutions have specific advantages when you need to innovate rapidly or avoid significant upfront expenses and are well suited to support test/development and cloud-native use cases. IaaS is available from our cloud partners Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services and in your own data center via HPE Greenlake and Dell Technologies VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
Disaster recovery (DR) planning often gets a bad rap—a combination of complex, difficult to test DR runbooks and expensive, duplicate and infrastructure investments that are rarely used. There is a better way to provide the IT resiliency that will keep your organization running in case of a significant downtime event. Cloud-based DRaaS solutions enable you to quickly recover your workloads in an automated process, with impressively low RPO and RTO capabilities, minimal downtime and without investing in additional infrastructure assets. And most DRaaS solutions offer the ability to perform regular testing with no impact to production.
Your organization’s valuable data should be stored on the optimal platform, and designing the right data storage architecture is as important today as ever. Constant innovation in data storage technology means your organization can face a dizzying array of choices. Data characteristics, performance and availability requirements can inform the placement decision: array-based IP or FC SAN or on a hyper-converged solution optimized for CIFS/NFS. Identifying an efficient storage solution for backup and archive cannot be forgotten either. We can help you classify your data, understand all of the platforming options and allow you make requirements-driven storage decisions.