Enterprises may choose from many cloud computing platform options and often find themselves using multiple clouds, both public and private. Use of multiple cloud platforms with a common management plane is a great strategy to deliver the flexibility application teams need. As teams develop and operate applications with varied availability, cost and performance requirements, they benefit from choice in capabilities between public cloud(s) and private cloud(s), i.e. hybrid cloud.
The challenge of operating in disparate cloud environments is that it easily fragments into separate tool sets for each cloud platform, particularly in the extreme between public clouds. This results in islands of disjointed cloud use and makes it difficult for IT to achieve consistency in management aspects of policy enforcement, security, compliance, cost management and maintaining service levels. Developers see limited application and data portability and attempt to jam every application, regardless of fit, into the cloud island with which they are most comfortable. In this case, the organization is allowing technology limitations to dictate its cloud strategy instead of benefiting from a true, consistent hybrid cloud experience.
For a decade, this has been a challenging issue to solve. Multiple cloud software platforms have been designed for use across public and private clouds. OpenStack, for example, saw private cloud adoption but no high scale public cloud availability. More recent hybrid options from public cloud providers are limited to the providers’ specific private cloud infrastructure configurations. Only Dell Technologies Cloud offers a consistent hybrid cloud platform experience via VMware Cloud Foundation across multiple cloud environments spanning private infrastructure and the top public clouds of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
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