On the Journey to a Cloud-Native Enabled Future

It was just a year ago that VMware introduced its cloud-native applications team. Since that announcement, VMware has worked closely with a number of customers to fine-tune new open source technologies to help enterprise developers securely build, deploy, and manage modern, distributed applications.  

Central to this announcement was the introduction of VMware’s vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) and Photon Platform. VIC enables IT teams to seamlessly run traditional and containerized workloads side-by-side on existing infrastructure. The technology speeds customers’ cloud transitions by allowing them to leverage their existing investments and facilitate an on-ramp to cloud-native application service and delivery. Photon is a new platform, built from the ground up and optimized for containers. It enables customers to redesign their infrastructure to deliver cloud-native applications.

Though it is still early, and most companies are still just getting their feet wet with the concept of cloud-native application architectures, the excitement is growing as more and more businesses embrace containers and microservices and start to move workloads into production. As they do, some common themes are surfacing about why organizations are building these applications, the challenges they face, and the best way to get to where they want to go.

Huge Challenges. Huge Opportunities.

Although every business, every customer, is different, many want cloud-native apps in hopes of driving greater speed and agility, to change direction on a dime. And that’s not surprising. The new cloud architecture space is designed to create greater agility. But customers are also concerned about security, compliance, performance management, and “all the other things you need to do to successfully run an application in production,” says Kit Colbert, VMware’s vice president and general manager, Cloud-Native Applications  Business Unit.

Many customers are wary of the consequences of a radical, “rip-and-replace” transition to a next-generation architecture. IT administrators, for example, fear the consequences of, as Colbert says, “things breaking down: security, performance, compliance, logs.” And customers are right to feel that way, he adds, because “the move to next-generation architectures does change all that.”

But customers are also finding that the challenges are more than just technical. “The ability to move quickly,” Colbert says, “is not just a technology issue, but often a people, process, and cultural issue.” To make this transition successfully, businesses will need to re-think the individual roles and operations of their overall organization. “It’s a huge challenge,” Colbert says, “but it’s also a huge opportunity to fundamentally change their business.”

It’s All About the Journey

Watch the video to hear from Colbert on VMware’s commitment to supporting its customers on the journey to a next-generation architecture, and then read on for more details on VMware’s unique approach.

VMware’s approach to helping customers make their journey to a next-generation architecture is designed to allow customers to get what Colbert calls “the ‘80/20’—80 percent of the benefits with 20 percent of the work.” Ultimately, Colbert says, “VMware understands that for companies today, the transition to a cloud-enabled future is really all about the journey”—how they are going to get there and overcome the challenges involved.

“And the exciting thing,” Colbert concludes, “is seeing how, just one year since we made our announcement, customers understand and are starting to fully embrace our approach.” For VMware and its customers, a great journey has begun.