We walk to Lee Poh Wah, Regional Consulting Manager at VMware Asia South to find out how a deployment of their new vSphere can help businesses make the transition into the cloud.
How does vSphere enable a private cloud if its virtualization? How do you help businesses transition from a private to public cloud?
vSphere 4.0 is an operating system for building internal cloud infrastructure. In parallel to the internal cloud OS initiative, more than 500 VMware service provider partners around the world are building external clouds based on the same cloud infrastructure. In the coming months, this means that businesses running virtual machines (VMs) on the internal vSphere cloud will be able to seamlessly move workloads and applications between the internal data centre cloud and external service provider clouds. By giving workloads the ability to be mobile, vSphere allows businesses to have the flexibility of outsourcing to a cloud infrastructure service rather than have to build more internal hardware resource and increase their capital expenditure.
Analysts and vendors may say that cloud computing has moved beyond the hype but are businesses ready for adoption? What has been holding up adoption till now? What are the compelling business and technical arguments (if any) for adoption? What would a complete solution look like?
Cloud computing is a utility-based IT infrastructure and vSphere 4.0 is the industry’s first OS for building internal cloud computing infrastructure. So until vSphere, the ability to build an internal cloud infrastructure that provides the performance and features of a mainframe has not been possible. For example, compared to the previous VMware Infrastructure (VI 3.5) solution, vSphere 4.0 now supports thin storage provisioning that uses up to 50% less storage and fault tolerance that allows two VMs to work in a lock-step configuration for zero downtime. Where these capabilities would cost millions to deploy with hardware solutions, vSphere is enabling them with software. In addition, the vSphere cloud OS will run 30 per cent more applications and cut power by 20% compared to VI 3.5.
Another compelling argument is that vSphere does not require any changes to existing applications. It is transparent to the applications that they are running on a VM and in a federation model; customers can choose which VMware partner cloud service provider they want to outsource their workloads to. They do not need to re-write their applications or migrate their business processes to fit an external application service provider’s platform. So unlike in the latter scenario, there is no lock-in as customers can move their VMs among service providers.
VMware is offering a free upgrade for VI 3.5 customers to vSphere 4.0 which will provide an immediate cost savings benefit. For example, a typical large enterprise with 100 hosts will save up to US$2 million based on the increase in efficiency.