Utilizing Existing VMware Expertise
There are over 222K+ VMware professionals that rely on this technology,
but many organizations are focused on growth and look to the cloud.
Why This Matters:
In less than a decade, the IT industry moved from legacy data centers running physical servers, to completely virtualized environments, and finally to running billions of virtual workloads across hundreds of cloud providers. VMware was a true pioneer in the virtualization market, and client adoption was quick and expansive. This jolt in progress and innovation was driven by rampant server sprawl, application silos, and system availability issues in the legacy data centers, which products like VMware helped solve. VMware quickly became the de facto virtualization platform, and a market of highly trained IT professionals grew up around this transformation.
There are now over 221,000 trained VMware consultants and administrators, and it’s estimated that VMware still owns 80-85% of traditional IT virtual workloads. Almost every hardware and software platform today either has an alliance partnership with VMware, third-party plugin and/or was built to VMware compatibility guidelines. The breadth of the VMware community and ecosystem is incredible, as is the business value created by the platform. This ecosystem has created a very large market for professionals trained on VMware vCenter and the vSphere platform, as well as third-party products. These VMware professional services will continue to be needed as the cloud adoption curve grows.
Today, most IT departments have a VMware-based environment and rely on VMware to deliver non-disruptive hardware maintenance, high availability, and plugin compatibility for third-party software products like backup, monitoring, and security. These features are powered by VMware’s vCenter Server, which drives incredible services and value every day in on-premise platforms but is very uncommon in the cloud market today.
Why is this a challenge for organizations?
The driving force(s) for cloud adoption varies widely by organization. Whether it’s the perceived financial benefits, a pending office relocation, increased agility, or the appeal to get out of the business of managing hardware and data centers. However, sometimes the benefits of cloud don’t outweigh the familiarity and ease of integration of existing tools and platforms, like VMware.
For example, when accustomed to having vCenter access it can be a difficult task to mirror an on-premise IT strategy into today’s cloud landscape. Third party software API integrations, restricted hypervisor access, and custom cloud provider UIs can have limited control, functionality, and interoperability. This forces IT departments to explore completely re-architecting their environment and adapting their toolsets to meet the requirements of a cloud service provider.
VMware estimates that by 2021 there will be 255M virtual workloads; 30% in SaaS and IaaS public clouds and 20% in IaaS private clouds, with 50% remaining on-premise in traditional IT environments. This shows that 23% of virtual workloads today are in the cloud, and over the next five years an additional 27% of virtual workloads will be migrated to the cloud. The total number of virtual workloads is expected to more than double over the next five years.
How do I solve this challenge?
To help offset this growth many organizations are looking to the cloud to provide the additional scale, agility, and elasticity to VMware’s offering. However, as we have heard from many IT departments, they are hesitant to learn a new platform or endure the time and effort required to make their applications ready for the public cloud. Their preference is to scale their existing framework driving additional business value.
VMware administrators have proven their ability to architect, implement, and maintain virtual environments through vCenter, capable of improving application availability while lowering costs. These skill sets will remain in high demand over the coming years as virtual workloads increase and organizations seek private and hybrid cloud options to help offset this growth, and integrate various public and private cloud services.
Who do I choose to help solve the problem?
Faction has seamlessly integrated a client dedicated vCenter into every private cloud we deploy, allowing every client access to a VMware self-managed private cloud. With administrator-level access, our clients can bring their existing environments into our VMware cloud solution, deploy existing toolsets, and have an unprecedented level of control. We don’t think that just because an IT team wants to stop managing hardware and start running their business, they should be forced to change tools and processes.
Start your cloud transformation by beginning with a robust set of core features built into every Faction Cloud Bloc, which serves as the foundation for any Faction cloud deployment. A Cloud Bloc includes access to a dedicated VMware vCenter with Administrator privileges and a small pool of compute, storage, and networking resources, which can be expanded by adding incremental units at will for a predictable cost structure.
Faction is an expert at delivering rapid transitions, extremely non-disruptive migrations, and significant cost savings over both on-prem and pure public cloud. At the same time, our direct connect service, Faction Internetwork eXchange (FIX) is explicitly designed to immediately unlock the value of your migrated applications, by allowing you to immediately craft hybrid applications between the migrated applications and public cloud services. We enable this by ensuring clients don't need any specialized hardware, software, or expertise by offering our “out of the box” hybridized private clouds that can connect "as-is" into public cloud environments, easily and inexpensively.
Faction offers a variety of services to help organizations make a move to cloud and still stick with their budget!
Our experts can help interview your stakeholders holistically, asking the right questions and ensuring you have considered all the factors to make your cloud migration successful, that your business objectives are well-understood and aligned across your organization, and that your tactical plan follows from your strategic objectives, and that your plan is achievable with the timing and budget available.
Our cloud experts can help architect your cloud presence, helping to design private, public, and hybrid- and multi-cloud environments that encompass all your application needs, and take into account your budget, integration requirements, technical operations, and future plans.
Complementary to our cloud architecture efforts, Faction can perform an infrastructure assessment, using automated tools to assess your compute, storage, and network requirements, ensuring you have a right-sized cloud ready to go. Faction backs this with a
100% sizing guarantee.
Our team can directly assist with the tools and processes to execute a seamless migration to the cloud, leveraging our experience, software, and cloud platform to perform a battle-hardened cloud migration that saves money, reduces risk, and gets the job done quickly.
Learn more about how Faction's Cloud Services can work for you.