The needs of modern applications, and the migration and modernization of existing applications, means IT leaders must make a series of decisions as they transition to a cloud operating model, extending the data center into one or more cloud environments.

Cloud and Application Modernization

Most IT executives have a simple vision for the digital era

  • IT works side-by-side with business executives to guide IT and business strategy.
  • Application developers focus on developing software features to meet the needs of the business, without having to think too much about underlying IT infrastructure. 
  • The IT organization can choose where to deploy workloads based on both business and technology requirements. 
  • IT can quickly respond to change, shifting workloads as needed without being locked into a particular environment.

The latest industry research suggests the cloud and application landscape is getting
more complex:

  • On average, 47% of existing applications will be modernized or migrated to the cloud unchanged, while 52% of new containerized applications will be deployed natively to cloud. 
  • The data center will remain important. 76% of IT organizations are committed to hybrid cloud as a long-term strategy.
  • Twice as many IT operators are looking for a solution that delivers the benefits of a consistent cloud operating model, and extends data center tools and processes to public cloud, rather than bringing cloud tools back on-premises.

The key questions for VPs of Infrastructure and Operations are:

  • How can you deal with this complexity and successfully deliver on the vision of the digital era?
  • How can you leverage investments and build on what you have today, while evolving to a cloud operating model that supports all applications, new and old, and works for private, hybrid or multi-cloud environments?

The 5 Stage Cloud Journey Model

This decision framework highlights a 5 stage evolution of IT service delivery capabilities.

  • The model is over-simplified, but highlights general pros and cons of each stage, as well as factors that indicate when to consider moving to the next stage. 
  • It builds on foundational capabilities such as Virtualization and Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), that have transformed so many IT organizations and serve as a stepping stone to cloud. 
  • The destination is a cloud operating model that transforms IT from a cost and efficiency focus, to agility and application delivery that supports business goals. 
  • It is a great fit for VMware customers as VMware offers solutions that drive IT service delivery transformation at every stage. It offers a way to build on existing capabilities at every stage.
The private, hybrid and multi-cloud stages represent a shift to a different way of operating IT, where service delivery is better aligned to the service consumption needs of the business. It represents a move away from IT focusing on delivering static infrastructure, and a move toward focusing on application modernization and new application architectures that enable digital initiatives

The private, hybrid and multi-cloud stages represent a shift to a different way of operating IT, where service delivery is better aligned to the service consumption needs of the business. It represents a move away from IT focusing on delivering static infrastructure, and a move toward focusing on application modernization and new application architectures that enable digital initiatives.

A Cloud Operating Model includes key capabilities:

76% of IT organizations are committed to hybrid cloud as a long-term strategy

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