The benefits of a cloud migration, such as cost savings, productivity benefits, and improvements to application performance, are evident but the path to cloud is often nuanced and complex. Azure VMware Solution democratizes and accelerates the path to cloud, allowing organizations to maintain their VMware investments and personnel expertise without rearchitecting and disrupting business-critical workloads. Azure VMware Solution is built on VMware Cloud Foundation - a comprehensive offering of software-defined compute, storage, networking, and management – deployed in Azure along with an integrated set of Azure services. With Azure VMware Solution organizations take advantage of the immense benefits of the cloud including elasticity, infrastructure cost savings, personnel productivity savings, and increased workload performance and availability.
Benefits of Azure VMware Solution
Microsoft and Forrester put up a study by asking decision-makers with experience using Azure VMware Solution (AVS) to better understand the benefits, costs, and risks. Prior to using AVS, these organizations stood at a crossroads in their respective cloud transformations. End users and customers demanded the high availability and performance that cloud-based applications can offer, while increasing infrastructure requirements and discontinued security support stressed IT budgets and personnel. Despite these challenges the organizations were not in a position to rearchitect their VMware workloads due to limited time, personnel, required business disruption, and the specific rearchitecting required.
They were looking for a solution that could:
Allow them to maintain their VMware investments and personnel skills without rearchitecting their applications for the cloud.
Take advantage of the flexibility and on-demand capacity of the cloud.
Allow for a steady migration cadence while maintaining connectivity to both Azure and on- premises VMware workloads.
By redeploying their VMware workloads to Azure VMware Solution, organizations gained the following benefits:
personnel skills on VMware investments retained their value in the cloud, allowing the organization to avoid hiring additional personnel for their cloud skills or reskilling current personnel
IT personnel tasked with updating, provisioning, and maintenance tasks for their VMware environment’s on-premises infrastructure reclaimed time as workloads were moved out of the organizations’ data centers to Microsoft Azure
organizations avoided overprovisioning for peak demand via the scalability of the cloud and Microsoft Azure. As the organizations continued to expand on Azure, avoided hardware refreshes, extended security updates, and ultimately decommissioned infrastructure yielded additional cost savings.
business-impacting downtime became nearly nonexistent while application performance was increased as a result of Azure’s high-end, up-to-date computing infrastructure.
The interviewees mentioned some benefits, that cannot be quantified but resulted advantages to the company, such as access to the Microsoft Azure Services ecosystem, improved disaster recovery and business resiliency, and organizational flexibility enabled by the cloud. The cloud offered flexibility to the organizations, particularly related to scalability. On-demand capacity gave the organizations the ability to spin up AVS nodes without long lead times to take advantage of time-sensitive opportunities, while also providing the flexibility to pivot and scale back on AVS as needed.
Benefit of Microsoft Expert Partner
Several interviewees noted their organizations leveraged Microsoft’s extensive partner network to support initial redeployment efforts on Azure VMware Solution. By working with an implementation partner, the organizations tapped into external expertise while limiting the burdened on an already lean staff of IT administrators.
Softline, as a global strategic partner of Microsoft has excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Contact us and we'll guide you through every step of the implementation of Azure VMware Solution to make the transition quick and easy for your organization.
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