Over the past decade, cloud computing has grown to become an integral part of the enterprise IT environment. But this growth has also introduced new challenges. Driven by business strategy and technical requirements, enterprises are now deploying workloads across multiple public, private, and edge cloud platforms. On the one hand, the approach of using multiple cloud platforms — often referred to as a multicloud strategy — enables enterprises to choose best-of-breed solutions for their workloads, optimally deploy business-critical and next-generation workloads, and successfully navigate digital transformation (DX). On the other hand, multicloud strategies have also increased the level of fragmentation within organizations. This includes differences between private and native public cloud environments, as well as the differences between the multiple major public cloud service ecosystems.
The lack of consistency across platforms results in a set of disconnected processes, platforms, and tools within the organization, increasing the complexity of managing deployments across the cloud platforms. In addition, the differences across platforms results in diverging sets of skill set and training needs, as organizations upgrade their competencies. All these translate to additional management and manpower costs and increased total cost of ownership (TCO). Without addressing these gaps, multicloud strategies may prove ineffective at scale and limit innovation, as enterprises find themselves burdened with incompatible silos of infrastructure and higher operational expenses. An IDC survey of 500 enterprise IT organizations with hybrid cloud environments revealed that this lack of consistency across cloud platforms is a top challenge.
The TCO analysis in this document is based on the Dell Technologies Cloud, which is built on the VxRail hyperconverged platform and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) cloud stack. VxRail is built on mature hardware and the pervasive VMware stack and management tools and allows a non-disruptive path to adoption of multiple cloud platforms within an organization. This consistency across cloud platforms is the key differentiator defining the next generation of hybrid cloud — the consistent hybrid cloud platform.
The results here show that the consistent hybrid cloud platform (Dell Technologies Cloud) achieved savings of up to 47% over a five-year period compared with a native public cloud, when evaluated for typical applications being deployed on cloud infrastructure by enterprises today. This underscores how consistent hybrid cloud platforms enable the benefits of cloud at scale, without introducing additional management and overhead cost creep, ultimately reducing TCO.
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