As IT leaders start to rethink their approach to data center transformation, the cloud is taking up more and more of the horizon in the modern business world. Organizations of all stripes are flocking to this technology for the flexibility, scalability, and cost predictability it offers. In fact, this mass adoption has made cloud technology into one of the most disruptive forces in today’s IT field.
This growing “cloud-first” preference for data management is leaving its mark on IT leaders and analysts alike. Gartner’s latest IT spending forecast illustrates this trend perfectly – spending on data center systems is expected to sink from $195 billion to $190 billion between 2019 and 2022, while spending on cloud system infrastructure services (IaaS) is projected to grow from $39.5 billion to $63 billion through 2021.
Analysts at Gartner have coined a term for this phenomenon: cloud shift. And it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
“Cloud shift is not just about cloud,” said Ed Anderson, a VP at Gartner. “As organizations pursue new IT architectures and operating philosophies, they put in place a foundation for new opportunities in digital business, including next-generation IT solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT). Organizations embracing dynamic, cloud-based operating models position themselves for cost optimization and increased competitiveness.”
If your business isn’t already leveraging the cloud, you’ll want to start weighing your options soon. But how should you start?
The cloud, it turns out, isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” tool. There are a variety of ways to implement cloud technology, from hybrid plans that mix private and public environments to full cloud platforms.
If you’re just starting to explore the cloud, there’s definite merit in the hybrid approach. By moving some workloads over and retaining others on premises, you can start enjoying the cloud’s benefits without disrupting day-to-day operations.
VMware Cloud Foundation is one such option. It offers all the benefits of an integrated cloud infrastructure – compute, storage, networking, and security – as well as cloud management services that will enable you to run enterprise applications in a hybrid environment. All of this makes deploying and running hybrid cloud a simple task. And with guidance from the certified cloud experts at Zones, you’ll be ready to handle any turbulence you might encounter.
If you’re interested in how hybrid solutions from Zones and VMware can help your business get ahead of the competition, we’ve got plenty of resources for you. Follow the link below to find more information on the VMware services available to you.