The New Year is a perfect time for IT departments to reflect on the past, consider the present, and plan for a better future. For many, that means gaining the benefits of the cloud and the transformative capabilities of software-defined data centers in 2020.
They won’t be alone. Cloud adoption continues to accelerate as organizations look to the cloud for performance gains and ways to eliminate the headaches and costs associated with traditional, hardware-based data centers that can’t keep up with the explosion of data and the expansion of networks occurring across industries.
The VMware Cloud Verified distinction was created to address these realities. Its purpose has always been to provide customers like Consilio and Homes.com with the assurance that they’re working with a provider that possesses the know-how needed to deploy a high-performance, software-defined data center—one that’s able to deliver the capabilities enterprises need as a service using proven and trusted VMware technologies.
For the rapidly growing number of providers around the world that earned the VMware Cloud Verified distinction, 2019 was a remarkable year—one in which clients from virtually every industry turned to them for the solutions and expertise required to excel in the cloud.
We looked to stalwarts in this prestigious group to uncover the Top Seven reasons it pays to be choosy when selecting a cloud provider. Resolve to keep these seven simple factors in mind to ensure that your cloud journey is a success this year.
- Scalability: The ability to easily scale IT infrastructure and systems is imperative as the pace of business continues to increase and demands additional networking, compute, and storage capabilities. Alexander Tugov, product visionary director at Selectel, an IT services company in Russia, believes scalability is crucial when looking at new technologies. Clients want that scalability, he notes, to economically support their adoption of technologies «such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things—especially the Industrial Internet—as well as augmented and virtual reality.»
- Peace of Mind: Using technology you know and trust is the first step toward peace of mind. For Mariola Skowrońska, co-owner of Ergonet, an IT services provider based in Łódź, Poland, that peace of mind begins with VMware. «Being VMware Cloud Verified enables us to deliver the interoperability and flexibility that fast-growing companies in Poland demand and provides them with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the services we offer from data centers right here in Poland are based on the best technology available, » she says.
- Security and Data Protection: Data is the lifeblood of every enterprise. Losing it or seeing it compromised can have a disastrous impact. «The cloud is the answer, but enterprises remain rightfully cognizant that their data will no longer be kept on-premises, that security is of crucial importance, and that regulatory requirements must be addressed, » says Josef Vašek, product manager, cloud solutions at O2 IT Services, a rapidly growing IT services company based in Prague. «That’s why it’s crucial that we not only deliver the expertise our customers need, but back it up with a network that’s based on proven VMware technology they trust.»
- Agility: In the the blink of an eye, business developments can call for greater computing resources. As Sudesh Shaw, vice president of cloud at Singapore-based Singtel, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, explains, «If you take a step back and look at the big picture, cloud is really an enabler in the digital transformation now occurring as businesses work to be more agile in how they serve their customers, achieve savings, and operate more efficiently, » he says. «In all cases, Singtel works to simplify its customers’ cloud journeys by providing them with the new capabilities they need, the guidance required to utilize them with evolving legacy systems, and the flexibility to grow in the future.»
- The Full Stack: A high-performance, software-defined data center provides the networking, storage, and compute performance enterprises need to ensure that they always achieve compatibility and maintain choice and control. Sam V. Kumar, the founder and president of NewCloud, a cloud computing and communications provider based in Denver, puts it this way: «Most of the businesses in the Fortune 2,000 and the segments we serve already rely on solutions from VMware, so it’s important for them to know that we offer a full cloud stack based on VMware’s technology and are highly skilled using its solutions.»
- Expertise: Choosing a partner with industry-specific skills can be a game changer. Healthcare is a great example. «The healthcare IT landscape is highly complex and overwhelming for many institutions, » says Scott Richert, the CTO of Mercy Technology Services, part of the Mercy Health System in the southwest U.S. «We help hospitals and other care providers take the risk and cost of out of their digital transformations and shorten their timelines by enabling them to take advantage of the trails we blazed. When you can find people who have been through what you’re facing, and who wake up every morning and have to do the same things themselves, that’s the golden ticket.»
- Global and Local Strengths: Businesses need technologies such as those from VMware that are proven globally and backed with local experience. Data sovereignty is one example. «Australia has specific guidelines related to the consumption of cloud services by federal government agencies, » says Brad Bastow, AUCloud’s first CTO. «AUCloud’s services are built from the ground up with compliance requirements incorporated into our technical and operational controls. This can be demonstrated by our Australian Sovereignty—our guarantee that data hosted in our cloud never leaves Australia. All of our operational staff are also Australian security cleared.»
Keeping these considerations in mind will ensure that you choose the right partner for your cloud journey, whether you’re just beginning your initial migration or moving to a multi-cloud approach.