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When Comparing Cloud Alternatives, For the Best TCO Leverage VMware Cloud Foundation

In this paper we examine the relative costs and other advantages of four different cloud infrastructure approaches, two based on private or on-premises clouds and two on public clouds. These public and private approaches can in turn be combined to create a hybrid cloud deployment. The objective is to enable businesses to evaluate which cloud approach makes the most sense for them, based on differences in TCO and other relevant factors.

Public clouds are here to stay, given their large and growing adoption by businesses and consumers alike. Now well over a decade since AWS first launched its infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, public clouds have become a popular deployment choice for both new and legacy business applications. Based on Taneja Group research, nearly every business is now running at least some of its use cases and applications in one or more public clouds. Clouds offer customers greater agility and near-infinite scalability, in addition to a flexible pay-as-you-go consumption model.

However, a large majority of businesses have decided they cannot rely on public clouds alone to satisfy their IT needs. Instead, they see hybrid clouds as a better architectural choice, enabling them to realize all the advantages of a public cloud along with broader use case support and a more flexible deployment model. More than two-thirds of IT professionals who participated in two recent Taneja Group research studies favor hybrid clouds as their long-term architecture.

For the on-premises or private cloud component of a hybrid cloud, the majority of users are starting with VMware technology and typically use two different approaches: a traditional, integrated 3-tier architecture commonly called Converged Infrastructure (CI); or a fully software-defined approach based on Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). The 3-tier, CI approach utilizes loosely integrated compute, storage and networking resources, while the easiest and most comprehensive approach is based on VMware Cloud Foundation, a software-defined data center platform. Our analysis demonstrates that the software-defined VMware Cloud Foundation approach provides a simpler, more cost-effective approach to building on-premises or private cloud infrastructure.

Looking to the public cloud, businesses have a choice of whether to move all or just a subset of their on-premises workloads to the public cloud, and either run them there permanently or in hybrid fashion. We have analyzed the relative costs and advantages of two major ways to migrate and run workloads in the public cloud: moving on-premises workloads to a native public cloud infrastructure, such as native Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform; or moving them to a VMware Cloud Foundation-based public cloud, such as VMware Cloud on AWS or VMware Cloud Foundation offered as a service by one of the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) partners. As we’ll see, moving to a native public cloud infrastructure requires often significant upfront refactoring and migration effort, which gives the path to a VMware Cloud Foundation-based public cloud a major cost advantage.

Based on our in-depth costing and qualitative analysis of the two private and two public cloud approaches, we found that clouds based on VMware Cloud Foundation technology offer the lowest TCO over a three-year period. VMware Cloud Foundation-based clouds minimize risk by starting with proven and widely deployed VMware technology on premises and enabling full application compatibility and workload portability between your on-premises environment and your choice of one or more VMware-compatible public clouds. VMware Cloud Foundation-enabled clouds will help you to optimize your path to a hybrid cloud deployment.

Publish date: 05/21/19

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