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Azure VMware Solution: Agile and Scalable Digital Transformation

26 May 2021, MOQdigital

Microsoft, Journey to the Cloud, Microsoft Azure

hubspot size lady with cloudThe disruption caused by the events of the past year has established that including Cloud Transformation in their digital strategy is a must for organisations to survive and thrive. As per a recent survey conducted by IDG, 92% of organisations’ IT environment are at least somewhat in the cloud today, as only 8% say their total IT environment is all on-premises. During this period, hybrid cloud models have emerged as a popular for organisations. The focus of enterprises has now shifted to achieving agility and resilience across all major digital touchpoints than to simply manage cost and optimization.

Cloud service providers (CSPs) have also recognised the pace of the evolving market; a trend supported by major analyst reports and customer feedback. Enterprises need to implement solutions that complement their digital strategy without disrupting their value chain. CIOs are prioritising a hybrid cloud model adoption, especially to facilitate the next generation of innovation for developers, that empowers them to develop new applications. 

Accelerating Cloud Adoption with Azure VMware Solution 

As enterprises work towards new technology adoption, it is important that they understand the need for an agile and cost-optimised solution that can help them assimilate the latest technologies faster. Organisations should constantly look for hybrid cloud models that enable seamless transformation, mitigate complexity and disruption in the existing value chain, and unlock financial flexibility. 

Microsoft and VMware’s Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is a Cloud offering that addresses the above requirements, a unique hybrid cloud offering that combines the best of their Cloud solutions. AVS helps enterprises accelerate application modernisation through a lift-and-shift approach to increase productivity with elasticity, scale, and faster provisioning cycles. As a solution, AVS allows customers to consume and run their VMware workload on dedicated bare-metal Azure Cloud infrastructure. It is a first-party service, directly owned, operated, and supported by Microsoft that equips the customers with the following capabilities: 

  • Integrated Functions - AVS simplifies cloud management with a familiar and consistent set of tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), security, governance, and operations policies for both on-premises and public cloud environments. 
  • Strategic Investment Management - AVS complements your digital strategy as it limits the need for expensive technology investments and minimizes disruption by leveraging the current infrastructure, available skillsets and processes to efficiently manage the Day 1 and Day 2 operations across the hybrid cloud environment. 
  • Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation - AVS is an on-demand service that comprises VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX, vCenter management, and other features as part of the VMWare Cloud Foundation. These are optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, and bare-metal AVS infrastructures. 
  • Access Azure Services - AVS allows customers to seamlessly leverage Azure Marketplace and Azure Native services like Azure Monitor, Storage, AD, Backup, ASR, and so on. 

Use Cases for Azure VMware Solution 

The technology market offers innumerable cloud solutions designed for enterprises in different stages of their digital transformation journey. Here are some relevant instances where AVS can be utilized to maximize organisational outcomes: 

  • Cloud extension and Cloud bursting 
  • Automation and Agile Infrastructure with Cloud capabilities 
  • Lift-and-shift of high total cost of ownership (TCO) workloads to avail benefits of cloud economics 
  • Application modernisation leveraging microservices, DevOps, and containers 
  • Elevation of non-compliance challenges 
  • End-of-life workload migration 
  • Mitigation of capacity bursting 
  • Disaster recovery enablement 
  • Datacenter exit strategy 

Unique Characteristics 

With its unique combination of in-demand technology modules, AVS offers a lift-and-shift approach for applications and databases to cloud. However, it is critical to understand and address the organisational demand that the transition remains uninterrupted. 

The key features of AVS which make it one-of-a-kind solution that drives business agility while contributing to improved cloud economics: 

  • Legitimate Hybrid Approach - With seamless bi-directional extendibility and deployment from on-premises to Cloud, AVS offers distinct advantages in terms of economies of scale. An integrated VMware technology footprint can help manage workloads at ease with best-in-class automation and Infrastructure as Code (IaC) using JSON format in ARM, DevOps, DevSecOps, and AI Ops. 
  • Cloud-Native Integration - AVS allows broader access to Azure services and tools such as AKS, ACI, Terraform, Chef, Puppet, and others. This enables the ecosystem to overcome the digital divide and leverage the latest cloud capabilities and services. 
  • Microsoft Support and Billing - AVS provides the benefit of integrated support and unified dashboards for management and billing requirements. 
  • License Cost Conservation of up to 90% - The platform allows reuse of existing investments on licenses via AHUB and Bring Your Own License (BYOL) for VMware licenses. Additionally, other than NSX-T, the offering also consists of HCX, vSphere, and vSAN. 
  • Reserved Benefit - AVS facilitates re-hosting of the on-premises environment through an AVS 3-year reserved instance, which offers an infrastructure cost benefit of up to 50%. 

AVS Webinar 

If your business has a strategy that includes leveraging the power of Microsoft Azure and you’re an existing VMware customer, or even if you are imply interested in learning more about AVS , MOQdigital can provide some resources to help you make a decision on your Azure/VMware journey. Our free upcoming webinar will provide some insights on AVS, including an in depth overview, tips on how to maximise your current VMware investments, and how to avoid on-premises datacentre infrastructure. Register today to secure your spot!