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 worked closely with a number of companies to fine-tune new open source technologies that help enterprise developers securely build, deploy and manage modern and distributed applications.  

Central to this announcement was the introduction of VMware vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) and the VMware 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 Platform 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 getting their feet wet with the concept of cloud-native application architectures, the excitement is growing. More and more businesses embrace containers and microservices and start to move workloads into production. As they do, common themes surface around why organizations build 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 is different, many want cloud-native apps in hopes of driving greater speed and agility, to change direction on a dime. 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, vice president and CTO of the VMware Cloud platform.

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.

The VMware 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.