In the latest blog from our series of conversations with partners, Ole Væhrens, Director Sales and Professional Services at Enterprise Business Partner, Proact, talks about network virtualization as a key factor in any agile, multi-cloud strategy
Cross-industry, businesses just want to work smarter, be agile and be more competitive. They don’t care about cloud – or getting into deep conversations about the cloud approach that will work best for them. That’s why, at Proact, we adopt a business cloud alignment approach. IT needs to weave in with the business and its goals, so that’s where our conversations with customers starts. Then we can take these business objectives and map the right cloud environment accordingly.
But what are the most common issues we’re seeing? Well, we’re still seeing that IT and the business are working at different paces – and that’s the real issue for needing the cloud – helping IT keep up. Take one of our customers as an example. A large Danish bank, it wanted to be more agile and use a mixture of cloud environments via our data centres, but were slowed down by the constant need to standardize using document workflows. Its IT team would have to go through 63 manual steps – checking against security and compliance policy – before it could configure each workload. Can you imagine how time-consuming those steps were? And what the business could have achieved in that time, rather than waiting for something to help them get on with their jobs? Finally, manual processes do not ensure the same high consistency as an automated process – simply because of the human factor.
So that’s where we come in. As part of VMware’s cloud partner network, we help organisations skip these steps and be as agile as possible using VMware’s Cross-Cloud architecture. The multi-cloud approach means our customers can run numerous applications and environments on-premises, off-premises or with a mixture of both as a hybrid cloud, and on different clouds, including AWS and Azure – whatever best fits the needs of their business.
But, the aspect that’s going to make or break this agile, multi-cloud approach is security. As the bank in Denmark, and a number of our other customers have found, true agility can be restricted if it isn’t underpinned by some form of standardization. And that, for me, is where VMware’s network virtualization solution, NSX, is one of the most critical weapons in VMware’s arsenal. It enables networking and security services to be automated and standardised – across clouds.
What does that mean? Well, for IT teams, new infrastructure can be spun up quickly while still safe in the knowledge that all security and compliance standards are met. For the rest of the business, additional resource can be spun up in the most relevant cloud environment at a time that best suits them, so they can develop new services even quicker. For customers, it means they can get other departments in the business up and running on new projects and products far quicker which, let’s face it, means faster time to market on any new propositions. For the Danish bank, that means new resource can be spun up in half an hour, rather than days, ensuring it’s always first to market with new customer propositions.
We’re working closely with VMware to integrate Cross-Cloud into the services we offer our customers – after all, it’s the best way to guarantee agility without compromising on security.
Want to know more about our cloud partners and working with VMware to get true multi-cloud agility? Keep an eye on this blog for more posts from our partners and our cloud partner leadership team to see how.