At this point, Microsoft environments are used by corporations everywhere. Over the past 30 years, most organizations around the world have standardized on Windows with significant investments in their Microsoft environments, including licensing, configuration, professional services and infrastructure for Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, PC lifecycle management and more. Using whatever their latest version of technology…
Companies across the globe have begun shifting their businesses into the digital age and are using software to create new products and services that meet the demand of consumers. In order to compete in the digital economy, organizations must innovate and support those new applications and workloads. IT teams must reposition themselves to handle both a new breed of applications as well as those business-critical ones that can’t be left behind. These fundamental shifts in enterprise IT call for a new approach to infrastructure that can deliver on the requirements of a digital economy. A modern virtualization platform that spans from the data center to the cloud is more than necessary in order to have success.
There are four must-haves when it comes to a modern virtualization platform:
1. Simplified user experience
2. Strong focus on security
3. One platform for all applications
4. Robust operations management capability
1. Simplified User Experience
A simplified user experience is helpful for IT teams when apps are coming online that need to be maintained, supported, and secured. Not only is it a high volume of apps, it is a high volume of complex apps that require time. With a small IT team, a virtual platform that enables automation at scale to unify and simplify the user experience is absolutely necessary in today’s world.
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2. Strong Focus on Security
Security is always a top priority—if not the top priority. With sophisticated cyber attacks taking place regularly, security must be comprehensive and ingrained to ward off any threats. Enabling security at the foundation of IT architecture and deploying it across the IT environment is possible with a modern virtualization platform. Data at rest or data in motion, it doesn’t matter, the virtualization platform should have built-in safeguards against unauthorized data access, ingrained security at the hypervisor level, and auditing capabilities to help track who is doing what in your environment.
3. One Platform for all Applications
Having a modern data center means that your virtualization platform must support both the traditional scale-up business-critical apps as well as the next generation of scale-out apps. Usually, different apps have different characteristics and place different demands on the infrastructure. Resource-intensive scale-up apps vs scale-out apps that are more distributed in nature and may require large cluster sizes and faster deployment is a real burden to juggle or choose between if necessary. Not to mention next-gen apps that are built using evolving technology which means even greater complexity. This is why having one platform that is universal and gives you the ability to run any app on any cloud, public or private, is essential.
4. Robust Operations Management Capability
There are a multitude of operations that IT must be able to deliver and support as the business grows and expands. Being proactive to address issues before end users are impacted is paramount and can be a difference maker when looking long-term. In order to stay ahead, IT teams require the insights generated by robust and intelligent operations management solutions to quickly identify, diagnose, and remediate problems to ensure downtimes are minimized and service level agreements are met. The new reality is that there is a need for intelligent operations to enable proactive data center management, especially when dealing with a limited number of resources like most teams are.
To establish a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility, a digital transformation is the only path to take. Thankfully, there is one solution out there that happens to cover all the ground mentioned above. VMware’s vSphere platform is capable of running, managing, connecting, and securing both traditional and next-gen applications in an operating environment that is universal across clouds and devices. A digital transformation provides a company with the means to succeed internally so that they can succeed externally as well.
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