It Takes a Village: the Power of Partnership in the Cloud Era

Today’s CIO’s duty is far from merely keeping the systems running while keeping attackers away. That C-level title means that IT must deliver the capability for companies to succeed 18-24 months in the future, in an environment where the business roadmap is often fluid. This means responding to near- and mid-term strategy shifts, geographies that soon will be—but are not yet—active priorities, and capabilities and technologies that may soon be needed.

CIOs have to deliver to shorter timelines and ensure that short-term approaches taken not leave the company struggling a year from now, putting their brand at risk and constraining their ability to respond quickly enough to inevitable market surprises. That’s a tough job, and one that can best be accomplished through deep partnerships with internal stakeholders, and strategic vendor partnerships.

Future-Proof Your Business

Let’s start with the cloud. The cloud has been used by some companies as a sandbox of sorts, a place where workgroup and development teams can rapidly experiment without the approval of IT. The cloud is freeing in the immediate term, but that freedom can come with a cost. Compliance, portability, and duplicative costs are often stumbling blocks of cloud initiatives run outside of the purview of IT, as well as the inadvertent creation of silos within the business. While silos are often a way to speed up work by placing specific focus and resources against a project, they often are locked into the cloud selected and unless designed well upfront.

A Better Way

What if you had a single cloud platform that met the unique needs of all of your stakeholders – developers, lines of business and IT? How about a cloud that could meet your bespoke geographical, capability and compliance requirements? And, what if the cloud solution was compatible with your existing data center infrastructure and processes, but didn’t limit you to a single vendor? A seamless extension of your data center with all the capacity and elasticity that you need.

That platform exists today. VMware has built an entire public cloud strategy around it, combining VMware vCloud Air, its public cloud service, with the VMware vCloud Air Network (VCAN), a portfolio of more than 4,000 international cloud service providers, all built on the same VMware technology you use inside your data center today.

Unlike other cloud players, VMware has focused on partnerships to deliver the most robust, yet flexible, cloud solution to our customers. You’re not locked into a single cloud vendor or service provider, and your applications are portable across any VMware-based environment. You can design the most effective cloud combination for your business – choose from the VMware vCloud Air service, and a comprehensive portfolio of custom services from our VMware VCAN partners, and enjoy the benefit of a single cloud environment that can be managed with a centralized set of tools.

The Power of Partnership

By implementing a single cloud platform, you can reduce the silos that other cloud platforms have created within your organization, and bring all of your cloud implementations under the management of IT. You can seamlessly unite the multiple workgroups and business units with a common technology foundation to accelerate their projects and rapidly propel your business into the future.

When it comes to the cloud, businesses need to think bigger and remake their IT in the vision of the cloud. Partnerships help accelerate and accomplish those objectives. Learn more about the announcements that VMware made today at VMworld Europe 2015.