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Cloud-based environment: The new normal for IT shops
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of October 2017, Vol. 6. No. 9
Doubts about a cloud-based environment being little more than a passing fancy are vanishing. Plenty of real enterprises are not only comfortable releasing key workloads to public clouds, but are finding that hybrid operations at scale offer significant economic, productivity and competitive advantages over traditional on-premises data centers. In fact, many of the big announcements at VMworld 2017 highlighted how mainstream businesses are now building and consuming hybrid and multicloud IT. NSX all around VMware has accelerated its transition from hypervisor vendor to cloud-management tool provider. Its virtual networking product, NSX, is not only a big source of revenue for VMware, but it also underpins many newer offerings, such as AppDefense, VMware Cloud on AWS and Network Insight. Basically, NSX has become the glue, the ether that fills VMware's multicloud management business. By shifting the center of its universe from hypervisor to the network between and underneath everything, VMware can now provide command and control ...
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In an effort to establish itself as the connective tissue between the cloud and on-premises data centers, VMware has embraced cloud partnerships with AWS, IBM, HPE and more.
The sky is the limit as new cloud management tools and evolutions in storage help make hybrid and multicloud IT a viable option for organizations with on-prem data centers.