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There is a good reason that experts cite the hybrid cloud as the preferred strategy for enterprise cloud adoption: Most organizations can benefit from the security and control of a dedicated private cloud combined with the scalability and reliability of the public cloud. But one common pitfall that many organizations fail to consider when adopting a cloud strategy is a lack of consistency in their infrastructure and IT operations.

For a hybrid cloud strategy to be most effective, it must offer a combination of private and public clouds that share consistent infrastructure — that is, a platform that enables IT teams to deploy applications seamlessly across public and private clouds — and provide consistent operations between all centers of compute and data. This gives organizations the flexibility to place workloads in environments that best serve the demands of both business and users. Such a strategy also enables more-effective cost management.

As business requirements evolve or financial situations change, IT teams can easily move applications to another, more appropriate cloud environment and reallocate resources between the core, the cloud, and the edge without the need to replatform applications. Globally, 83 percent of organizations are looking for a consistency in their cloud infrastructure and for solutions, such as VMware Cloud Foundation, that enable applications to be deployed with the same operational models and executions on either public or private clouds. That kind of freedom and flexibility has tangible benefits, both operational and economic, and unleashes the full potential of the hybrid cloud model.

Consistent infrastructure, consistent operations

One of the key benefits of a consistent infrastructure is the ability to utilize the best of what public and private clouds have to offer without introducing additional risk or complexity. Organizations can tap into private clouds built for their specific needs while maintaining control over their platform’s architecture and operations, whether mandated by regulation or dictated by application and user requirements. Likewise, organizations can consume compatible public cloud resources for workloads with unique requirements, ephemeral life spans, or geographic and data locality considerations.

A consistent infrastructure reduces the risk of operational inefficiencies, enabling seamless transitions between clouds for both business teams and end users. Consider the alternative: Administrators for a company that has public and private cloud solutions — but not a common infrastructure between them — expend greater time and resources managing disparate technologies and processes while users navigate inconsistencies when switching between cloud solutions. This kind of inconsistency can lead to concerns over wasted time and money, and ultimately leads to an increased security risk.

Flexibility for changing budgets and workloads

For organizations that keep a sharp eye on costs or regularly face budget fluctuations, the hybrid cloud offers the flexibility to run workloads in the most cost-effective environments. Likewise, it enables organizations to respond to changing business realities without having to invest significant amounts of time and resources in replatforming workloads or architecting new infrastructure, operations, and security solutions.

Consistent infrastructure delivered through the hybrid cloud model reduces the costs associated with adopting public clouds for existing applications while also enabling enterprises to shift some of their IT spending from capital expenditures to operating expenses. In addition, consistency between the clouds enables an immediate migration of existing applications to public cloud resources, reducing the associated costs and time spent on refactoring on-premises applications to the public cloud. By eliminating the need to retrain teams and reconfigure applications, IT personnel can focus on more proactive and innovative endeavors such as compliance, security, and digital transformation initiatives.

A consistent infrastructure delivered by a hybrid cloud model also enables organizations to make quick, unrestricted transitions between clouds to meet service and budgetary requirements. For example, steady-state workloads that reside on private clouds can quickly be migrated to a public cloud — without disruption — when demand spikes.

Realizing the full potential of the hybrid cloud

The hybrid cloud model offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and functionality — if the organization can deploy it in the right manner. Solutions such as VMware Cloud Foundation do the heavy lifting for IT teams by laying the framework for consistent infrastructure and operations.

By choosing a hybrid cloud platform such as Cloud Foundation, IT teams become cloud operators. They can automate infrastructure provisioning, accelerate the delivery of mission-critical services to the business, and optimize the ongoing operations of those services across clouds. Ultimately, that will enable greater degrees of cost management, business automation, and innovation.

John Gilmartin is vice president and general manager, Integrated Systems Business Unit, at VMware.

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