Cloud computing is the antidote to inflexible, overly complex IT infrastructures. It’s not an end state you can jump to instantaneously, but a transition achieved in stages. To guide and assist you on your path, VMware provides The VMware Journey, a proven and practical implementation roadmap designed to deliver benefits as you go.
During each phase, IT becomes more agile, responsive, and efficient; ROI increases while IT costs go down. The journey culminates in a cloud that is uniquely yours—a private, public, or hybrid cloud environment perfectly aligned with your individual business needs and goals.
The Cloud: Tailored for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Needs
The evolution to this new model begins with virtualization, the fundamental enabling technology of cloud computing. VMware research reveals that enterprises typically approach the Journey in one of these two ways:
Path 1. Step-Wise Virtualization to Maximize Efficiency
IT steadily virtualizes more and more of its workloads and environments, ramatically improving datacenter efficiency, increasing reliability and quality of service, and simplifying operations.
Path 2. Progression Toward Cloud-Scale Operations and Agility
Once 20-25% virtualization has been achieved, IT begins to deploy cloud computing capabilities as well. This approach amplifies the benefits of virtualization, driving business agility, reducing IT spend, and preserving IT governance. Significantly, customers that take this approach—earlier adoption of cloud architecture—report lowering their costs and boosting agility six times faster than enterprises that wait.
This second path is more ambitious in scope and entails greater organizational change, modifications to business processes and workflows, and training cycles for IT and line-of-business staff. While this approach can yield greater value in a shorter timeframe, its suitability depends on the size of your enterprise and the depth of your training resources.
Whichever path you opt for, the VMware Journey supports your initiative with a three-phase framework of best practices.