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ACCELERATING DIGITAL BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

A hot topic over the last few years is that digital transformation shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Enterprises are looking to accelerate digital transformation as they start seeing top-line benefits, including greater innovation, productivity and revenue.

To accelerate the digital transformation required to achieve these outcomes, Solution provider is helping customers act on four strategic IT priorities.

1. Modernize the Data Center

Business and IT leaders agree: Data center and cloud transformation will yield many important benefits, including greater business agility and responsiveness to change, improved cost-efficiencies and faster time to innovation for new applications.

But many IT environments pose some hurdles to modernization. First of all, in an app-centric world, the provisioning of networking and security services is often too slow and manual. Complex processes and diverse IT architectures hamper developers and DevOps. Moreover, many IT environments prevent the speedy delivery of modern apps, including cloud-native and container-based apps.

A basic step forward is to software-define your hardware-based compute, storage, and networking for efficiency and agility. The best solution for modernizing the data center may be a hyper-converged infrastructure that combines unified management with virtualized compute, storage, and networking. This type of infrastructure can speed deployment and simplify management.

A basic step forward is to software-define your hardware-based compute, storage, and networking for efficiency and agility. The best solution for modernizing the data center may be a hyper-converged infrastructure that combines unified management with virtualized compute, storage, and networking. This type of infrastructure can speed deployment and simplify management.

Moreover, software-defined solutions allow you to deploy modern apps—whether they are cloud native, web scale or based on open APIs—on an enterprise-grade platform.

2. Integrate Public Clouds

In a VMware survey, 67 percent of enterprise customers said they foresee an ideal end state where they rely on multiple clouds.That’s because clouds are a fast alternative for procuring IT infrastructure and services. Hybrid clouds can be a great option for supporting modern apps and digital business processes. And the use of public clouds can reduce data center footprint and support costs while allowing you to move expenditures from CapEx to OpEx.

However, enterprises are facing blocks in their cloud journey. They want the freedom and control to use any cloud to best advantage, but they’re worried about vendor lock-in and the proliferation of cloud silos.What’s needed is a streamlined way to integrate public clouds to scale and extend the IT infrastructure. The ultimate goal: Run, manage, connect, and secure any app on any cloud.

If your IT organization is already using VMware vSphere® virtualization technology (used in the majority of data centers worldwide), you can seamlessly extend vSphere-based infrastructure to vSphere-based public clouds. In this hybrid cloud environment, you can run apps with workload portability between on-premises and off-premises resources while leveraging existing skill sets and tools. Additionally, you can cut your CapEx investment by replacing part or all of your on-premises infrastructure with a cloud-based one.

The right cloud management platform helps you securely connect and manage these multiple clouds. With this platform, you can manage all workloads across clouds, monitor cloud services in a common environment and apply insights to manage costs and service-level agreements. In addition, policy driven access across clouds helps protect data and apps.

3. Empower Digital Workspaces

By modernizing the data center and integrating public clouds, you can better support new business models and experiences. Digital workspaces are a great example.

Leveraging a modernized IT infrastructure, digital workspaces provide the foundation for innovative business mobility projects. These kinds of projects are needed now because the move to mobile is rapidly intensifying. There’s a growing population of digital natives, more remote workers, evermore-powerful mobile devices, and an expectation of consumer-like mobile work experiences.

However, delivering great mobility for your workforce can be challenging. For example, a wide variety of apps can result in inconsistent user experiences, security postures, and support requirements. Device proliferation and myriad device ownership models can complicate endpoint management. And legacy PC lifecycle and Windows OS management is often complex, costly, and restrictive.

VMware empowers digital workspaces to deliver a consumer-simple experience with enterprise-class security. These digital workspaces help enterprises create exceptional mobile work experiences in three ways:

• Simplify application access and management – Keep apps, desktops and all associated data off the endpoint and secure in the data center or cloud. That way, employees can safely work in real time, with any device, in any location.

• Unify endpoint management – Enable IT to manage all apps and devices on a single platform, regardless of ownership and with complete employee privacy.

• Transform Windows delivery Give IT the ability to centralize security controls and manage all devices and user access on Windows 10.

With digital workspaces, IT organizations can radically improve processes and tasks that previously were costly, time-consuming, and resource intensive.

4. Transform Security

Strategic technology platforms solve big business challenges—not only addressing current situations but also positioning companies for future opportunities. Nowhere is it more important to take that strategic perspective than with security?

Consider the facts. The number of data breaches continues to rise rapidly. The attack surface has expanded from on-premises infrastructure to public clouds. Employee end-user computing isn’t limited to corporately managed desktops; it’s delivered on mobile devices that employees often must secure. Attackers too are becoming much more sophisticated. In the digital business environment, IT is challenged to secure interactions between users, applications, and data.

Traditional network-perimeter security models cannot address this increasing sprawl of applications and users. Instead, VMware believes the answer is a ubiquitous software layer across application infrastructure and endpoints, independent of physical infrastructure or location. IT teams can secure application infrastructure by virtualizing the network and using micro-segmentation. They can also use the virtualization layer to integrate security from leading antivirus, intrusion-prevention and next-gen firewall vendors.

With the software layer in place, you can add conditional and adaptive security at each transaction level—from the user to the resources they access. That way, you’ll secure corporate data and reduce the attack surface while still providing consumer-like user experiences. You can also implement compliance controls at the software layer to streamline and demonstrate compliance.

Full Speed Ahead

As companies experience the benefits of digital transformation and business; IT leaders are aligning on these technology priorities, which will help them achieve their top-line business goals. They know that digital transformation is all about creating new possibilities for the enterprise.

 

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