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5 IT Leaders on Why They Went Hybrid Cloud

Ashley Speagle

Cloud’s on the roadmap for just about every IT organization these days. The journey to the cloud, however, looks very different from business to business.

Some companies begin as cloud natives. Some organizations completely rebuild in the cloud. And some keep one foot in their data center and one foot in public cloud.

From simplicity to speed, hybrid cloud offers a variety of benefits. Five IT leaders across the globe share why they went hybrid cloud and what it’s done for their businesses.

1. Easily Manage Apps in the Cloud

We leverage that (hybrid cloud solution) as a platform to deliver for customers who are looking to use the public cloud technologies but still reduce the risk of migrating their applications.

Ramakant Pandragi, Vice President of Managed Networking and Security Services, Rackspace

Rackspace is a cloud expert and partner for businesses getting into the cloud. In fact, they manage the entire cloud application lifecycle for their customers. And they make managing apps in the cloud incredibly simple and fast with hybrid cloud services.

2. Immediately Support Global Growth

By leveraging consistent VMware infrastructure on-premises and in the cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS, we are maximizing our existing processes, systems and training, and creating a highly automated environment to support the demands placed on IT operations.

Ben Tanner, Director of Cloud Enablement, IHS Markit

IHS Markit provides business intelligence, market insights and data and analytics that help businesses make informed decisions. Increasingly, businesses and government agencies from far beyond its U.K. headquarters seek the company’s expertise.

To help the company expand and reach new markets, IHS Markit adopted a hybrid cloud solution. It only took six weeks to move 1,000 workloads to the public cloud from its private cloud. Now, the company can expand to new regions without the cost of additional hardware, while meeting local security, compliance and privacy requirements.

3. Rapidly Develop and Deliver Apps

One of the main benefits is around elastic scale and the ability to roll out quickly and consistently across that platform. We’ve got hundreds of applications to move, and if we were to take every single application on a single path journey, we would be at this forever more. It’s all about speed to market.

Sarah Lucas, Head of Platforms and Infrastructure, William Hill

It’s all about speed to market for William Hill, one of the biggest names in gaming. So, IT bet on the cloud to continuously deliver better products to customers and support app demand during major sporting events.

IT got to this ideal state quickly via a hybrid cloud solution. Using their existing skills and architectures, the company quickly and efficiently moved 30 percent of its applications from the private to hybrid cloud. And that’s just the start.

4. Reinforce Resilience of Critical Apps

Our customers want us to be responsive, resilient and cost effective to meet their changing needs. They expect technological innovation that will provide them with reliable, accessible services well into the future. … At the completion of this project, we will be delivering a truly digital government experience that positions us as an agency leading the way not just in Australia, but globally.

Michael Vanderheide, Former CEO, Cenitex1

Like governments everywhere, the state of Victoria, Australia, aspires to provide more convenience and cost savings for its citizens and employees. Its provider for digital services, Cenitex, planned an infrastructure refresh to accommodate its needs for greater flexibility, innovation and reliability.

A significant component of the digital transformation is the hybrid cloud. This provides opportunities to expand the resources and resilience of critical apps with disaster recovery capabilities.

5. Burst to the Cloud to Meet Demand

The terrific experience that VMware Cloud on AWS (hybrid cloud solution) helps provide translates to higher customer confidence in our products and solutions, preserving and enhancing revenue opportunities for the company.

Tricia Kreis, Senior Manager of Events and Operations for Customer Solution Centers, Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies supports nearly 4,000 hands-on labs during its four-day annual conference. With customer trust and potential sales on the line, each lab must run flawlessly.

To ensure technical hiccups don’t interfere with user experience, IT seamlessly shifts workloads from private cloud environments to a temporary public cloud. In this hybrid cloud design, hands-on labs perform better and faster—achieving 100-percent content uptime.

1Cenitex Chooses VMware to Help Drive New Digital Foundation Transformation for Victorian Government