A multi-cloud strategy lets you to capitalise on the unique capabilities and innovative technologies offered from a variety of cloud vendors. It can also provide the flexibility to move workloads among clouds in ways that optimise efficiency, cost and compliance.
One common scenario is using multiple clouds to build and run the modern apps that drive business. That may involve creating hybrid environments by integrating on-premises private clouds with public clouds. Or using multiple public clouds to address specific app requirements. Or maybe even extending cloud approaches to edge environments.
Realising the benefits of multiple clouds can be challenging. In particular, managing apps and workloads across multiple cloud environments can add significant administrative complexity for IT staff, especially if each environment requires its own tools and processes. That complexity adds operational costs to IT and prevents you from realising the potential cost-saving benefits of a multi-cloud strategy: When clouds aren’t seamlessly integrated, you can’t shift workloads to the most cost-effective environments.
This management complexity slows the development and delivery of modern apps. Administrators need visibility into their cloud environments plus the ability to fully control those environments. That visibility and control must stretch from on-premises private clouds to public clouds and edge environments.
So how can you make the most of your multi-cloud environment?
The key is consistency. Administrators need a single centralised set of tools and processes to run, connect and protect apps across all environments—even if those environments use a variety of cloud or container technologies. With consistent operations, you can reduce complexity, drive down costs and focus more resources on modern app delivery.
To further enhance the flexibility and agility of your multi-cloud environment, you should also implement consistent infrastructure: the same software foundation for running virtual machines (VMs) and containers. Using the same infrastructure across hybrid cloud, private cloud, public cloud and edge environments allows you to shift apps across environments without requiring app modification. You can truly optimise your multi-cloud environment for cost, performance, security, compliance and other criteria.
VMware offers a full portfolio of multi-cloud solutions for establishing consistent infrastructure and consistent operations across clouds—from private clouds to public clouds, edge environments and telco clouds.
The VMware Cloud Foundation platform provides consistent infrastructure for private and public cloud environments. You can think of this mixed environment as a VMware hybrid cloud that supplies a common operating model for all your applications and workloads. As a result, you can seamlessly manage VMs and orchestrate containers across the hybrid cloud.
VMware Cloud Foundation is built on full-stack hyperconverged infrastructure technology, with key components for cloud-native compute, storage, networking and management. Many organisations already use these components—which include VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN, VMware NSX and VMware vRealize Suite—to virtualise data centres and create private cloud environments. Employing this consistent infrastructure helps accelerate the migration of apps from private to public clouds. At the same time, using a consistent, familiar set of solutions for multiple environments dramatically simplifies management and eliminates steep learning curves for new tools.
You can deploy VMware Cloud Foundation in a private cloud or data centre. Alternatively, you can add it as a service through the public cloud, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Solutions, Google Cloud VMware Engine or other offerings from more than 4,000 VMware Cloud Providers. Running VMware Cloud Foundation as a public cloud service allows you to extend your environment rapidly, avoid capital expenditures and take advantage of provider-specific capabilities while letting someone else handle infrastructure updates and upgrades.
Using a common VMware-based infrastructure stack lets you achieve consistent operations across your hybrid environment. To manage this environment, administrators can use VMware Cloud Management Platform. It provides a single, centralised view into private, hybrid and public clouds—whether those environments use cloud technology from VMware or other vendors. Automated provisioning, maintenance and performance management streamline administration and address any potential problems before they affect users. In addition, cost analyses and reports help optimise workload placement and improve planning.
For visibility across multi-cloud environments that may not have consistent infrastructure, CloudHealth by VMware provides tools to streamline cost, usage, security and governance:
Building and running modern apps require modern infrastructure. The VMware Tanzu portfolio helps you make the best use of Kubernetes across multi-cloud environments. Because you can deploy and operate with consistency, you can accelerate modern app development and reduce operational complexity.
The portfolio includes VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, which provides a consistent, enterprise-ready Kubernetes distribution for any private, hybrid, public or edge environment. Developers can draw from the production-ready open-source VMware Tanzu Application Catalog to speed development. And operations teams can use VMware Tanzu Mission Control to manage modern apps across multiple clouds, teams and clusters.
To help support a remote workforce, VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud allows you to extend your multi-cloud environment to the edge. That means branch offices and remote employees can receive high-performance, reliable access to cloud services and apps. Automated, zero-touch deployment avoids adding management complexity. And consolidated monitoring and visibility across WAN links and service providers allows you to retain control of software-defined network functions.
A multi-cloud strategy built on a telco cloud foundation enables communications service providers (CSPs) to unify their network and cloud environments. Designed for demanding telco environments, VMware vCloud NFV is a fully integrated, modular, multi-tenant network functions virtualisation (NFV) platform that provides such a foundation. It helps CSPs deliver next-generation apps and services rapidly while streamlining operations and controlling costs. Integration with public clouds and hybrid cloud networking technologies enables CSPs to create one continuous multi-cloud environment that enhances deployment flexibility and improves cloud economics.
As you continue to expand your multi-cloud environment, it becomes even more crucial to build and deploy modern apps without increasing management complexity. VMware multi-cloud solutions help establish consistent operations and infrastructure that stretch across private cloud, public cloud and edge environments. With a common set of tools plus a uniform infrastructure, you can maximise the value of your multi-cloud strategy, empowering developers to rapidly deliver modern apps while streamlining operations. ▪