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VMware and Amazon Web Services: A New Hybrid Cloud Partnership

By Michael Thweatt |   Jun 06, 2017

Want to improve your cloud operations and take advantage of robust new technology options? Now you can, as you may have heard the news recently about the new partnership between VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS), called VMware Cloud on AWS. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), an IT analysis, research, validation, and strategy firm that provides market intelligence and actionable insight to the global IT community, recently published a technology brief announcing the new joint offering; read on for an overview of its structure and benefits.

6 Tips to guide a Hybrid Cloud Deployment

By Greg LaBrie |   Mar 21, 2017

Recently, we shared four items to consider when preparing your data center to move to the hybrid cloud. Read on to learn about additional tips for a hybrid cloud deployment.

4 Tips for Strengthening Hybrid Cloud Security

By Greg LaBrie |   Feb 28, 2017

The growth rate of the hybrid cloud seems to be living up to its hype. In fact, Forrester Research recently updated their growth prediction of the cloud market by 20 percent above their initial forecast three years ago. Their current estimate is an investment of $191 billion by 2020.  As another example of this growth, as of January 2015, Microsoft Azure was storing more than 10 trillion objects, an increase of 6 trillion objects since July 2012.

Implementing Hybrid Cloud: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

By Greg LaBrie |   Feb 21, 2017

The hybrid cloud is an excellent tool for enterprise, but like any new technology, there are some definite challenges when navigating unfamiliar waters as well as a few potential snags in the road that can delay, hinder or even potentially terminate your hybrid cloud implementation. Below are some of the potential missteps that you can avoid if you properly plot your transition in advance.

Prepare Your Data Center for the Hybrid Cloud [Checklist]

By Greg LaBrie |   Feb 14, 2017

Has your organization identified an initiative to move to the hybrid cloud? Your data center likely isn’t ready to just be picked up and relocated; you’ll need to complete specific preparations before making the switch. Here are several items to check off your list before fully integrating hybrid cloud.

5 Areas to Master for Your Hybrid Cloud

By Mark Gabryjelski |   Jan 26, 2017

If you’re serious about making a successful move to hybrid cloud, now’s the time to make progress in each of these five areas.

The 5-minute Virtualization and Cloud Glossary

By Mark Gabryjelski |   Dec 29, 2016

Virtualization is the foundation for all Cloud based services, offerings, and changes to business operations and procedures. There are three (3) major areas in the data center where Virtualization exists to enable automation, auditing, and Cloud services. Let’s get started!

5 Enterprise Benefits of VMware’s vRealize Suite

By Fred McHugh |   Nov 03, 2016

Have you heard about our technology partner VMware’s vRealize Suite for cloud and data center management? It’s the solution that enables hybrid cloud management and can help enterprises keep up with the growing IT demands of today’s digital business. One of the most valuable tools within the vRealize Suite is Automation, which is so powerful that VMware allows you to purchase it as its own standalone application. [click to tweet] However you choose to use it, it offers the enterprise five fantastic benefits.

Overview of VMware’s vRealize Suite

By Mark Gabryjelski |   Oct 11, 2016

Adoption of hybrid cloud is on the rise. In looking at the results of the 2016 State of the Cloud Survey, there is strong growth in hybrid cloud adoption as public cloud users added private cloud resource pools. 77 percent of respondents are now adopting private cloud up from 63 percent last year. As a result, use of hybrid cloud environments has grown to 71 percent (Cloud Computing Trends: 2016 State of the Cloud Survey). Sure, the research speaks for itself, but given our experience building private clouds and hybrid cloud environments for our customers, we can certainly vouch for the validity of those stats. However, seeing the benefits of hybrid cloud come to fruition relies on the tool your company will use to manage it.

4 Reasons Why You Need a Software Defined Data Center

By Mark Gabryjelski |   Jul 05, 2016

The hardware-driven data center will soon be unsustainable. If you think that statement may be too bold, look at the latest commentary on the benefits of the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

According to VMware, “The next generation of data centers is clearly software-defined: all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, with control entirely automated by software. To fully realize the potential of the software-defined data center, all infrastructure disciplines must therefore be virtualized, and put under automated control. [click to tweet] This creates a separate, more strategic motivation for software-defined storage.” Clearly, the hardware driven data center is well on its way to becoming an IT relic.

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