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Six Use Cases for Moving VMware Apps to the Cloud

Oct 23, 2019 1:05:37 PM / by Ken Drachnik

CloudSimple is all about making the move to the cloud with just minimal changes to your workloads, VMs or policies. Our service lets you move your on-premises workloads to a private dedicated environment in a public cloud that runs VMware natively. We’ve talked with hundreds of prospective cloud users and they all have similar issues when it comes to deciding how and when to move to the cloud. Here’s a quick summary of the top six use cases we repeatedly hear about.


#1 Data center evacuation.

This comes in all forms but usually it starts with the lease on the data center coming up for renewal. Some organizations plan a year or two in advance for this transition, but others get surprised and have to make the move in months, leaving little time to develop a strategy. Leases always increase, so this triggers an emergency action to decrease costs, upgrade servers/memory/storage, along with an effort to refactor apps, learn new tools, and manage changes. Because CloudSimple lets you move your apps without having to make any major changes, you can make that move now to take advantage of Cloud pricing, scale, and security, delaying the need to refactor apps for years.


#2 Software, or hardware, refresh cycles

IT departments dread software refresh cycles. Keeping on-premises software up to date consumes the majority of IT’s time. So moving to the cloud and changing to a SaaS model is a good strategy when renegotiating contracts. Cloud providers offer incentives (such as security updates, enhancements, or straight up discounts) to move your workloads to their cloud. When it is time to renegotiate your software license agreements is a good time to also explore the savings you might get moving to the cloud. By not having to make changes to your apps to move to a public cloud, you can start taking advantage of the additional savings, resources, and greater agility the cloud offers.


#3 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

This is our third most often heard request. As organizations span geographies, they need a central location to manage the desktop experience for many widely dispersed users. By using high performance cloud based servers you can manage more users and more demanding applications, while expanding on-demand to meet increasing needs. At the same time, as demand slows, after the busy holiday ordering season, say, you can just as easily reduce your resources and spend.


#4 DR and Backup

We’ve talked to many users who have their data recovery (DR) infrastructure in the same building or city as their main data center. When they decide to move their DR or backup off site, that’s a good time to consider moving to the cloud to take advantage of the variety of storage options and lower costs, and to reduce risk by storing backup data at multiple data centers.


#5 Acquisitions and mergers.

Companies change, but the complexities in merging two different IT departments with entirely different ways of operating can be daunting. Fortunately, most workloads are virtualized, and using CloudSimple technology, IT can move their apps to the cloud and unify operations without having to make major changes. Moving to a common platform makes it much easier to integrate applications and operations, giving you the time to develop the best strategies for unifying processes.


#6 Agility and access to cloud services

Customer experience drives online business. But often IT is hampered by a lack of resources, compute power, and advanced capabilities because they are too busy running the platform to add new services. Moving to the cloud can free up IT resources to develop new features that the business needs to grow. Once in the cloud, you can take advantage of large data repositories, AI, and ML, to analyze trends and automate responses to customers on the fly. You probably would never be able to develop or host these advanced capabilities on site, so moving to the cloud is the fastest way to add and benefit from these services.


Those are the top six use cases we repeatedly hear about. Let us know how we can help you move your on-premises workloads to a private dedicated environment in a public cloud that runs VMware natively.


Ken Drachnik

Written by Ken Drachnik

VP of Marketing at CloudSimple

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