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Every four years I’ve always looked forward to the Olympics. It’s not often that we get to see the myriad of athletes competing at the top level across such a wide breadth of sports. I think a lot of us enjoy watching others do what seems like superhuman feats of strength, agility, endurance, speed and precision.

I personally have enjoyed playing a bunch of sports growing up. I was even good enough in a couple to reach what I considered to be highly competitive. I think what draws me to the Olympics is comparing the levels I’ve reached as an athlete, to what it takes to compete at the highest levels.

Let’s look at sprinting. How did Usain Bolt become the fastest person alive? How did he innovate? I think most of us have the ability to run. We probably had to endure some track and field in elementary and high school. Some of us were more naturally talented while others had to work hard to improve. In all cases though, each of us reached a ceiling from a competitive perspective. We had to innovate in order to progress to another level. That might have been through advanced coaching, top of the line equipment and specialized training. These forms of innovation are what enables a talented athlete like Usain Bolt to progress in his journey towards being the best in his field.

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How does innovation lend itself on the road to a customer’s journey towards cloud adoption? We hear buzzwords like Digital Transformation, Cloud Native Apps and Application Modernization all the time. These constructs are driving a shift to a new management environment and culture. In this day and age companies are looking for competitive advantages. This means a greater focus on getting their products and solutions to market faster than the competition. It means being able to scale up and down based on demand quickly. If companies cannot innovate quickly, they risk being left behind. Not only from their customer bases looking elsewhere, but from their own workforces moving to other companies that operate within an innovative model.

The Cloud Journey

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Much like athletes, customers are on different paths in their journeys towards Cloud Modernization. Personally, I can relate to the Lift and Shift vertical. I’ve had the opportunity over many years to help customers architect and deploy on premises solutions. Being part of a “cloud native” organization now, I realize that not all customers will jump from on premises to cloud modernization model right away.

Many customers have significant investments in VMware and associated VMware ecosystem products and solutions. There needs to be a way for these customers to “Lift and Shift” into a hyperscaler that runs and supports VMware natively. Immediately, there are benefits around reduced CAPEX, improved security, availability, scalability and reliability. Customers can continue using the UI’s and tools that they have invested into. At the same time customers can also start consuming the native hyperscaler services. For example, that CRM application that was running on premises and backed by a SQL database is now running on public cloud and perhaps now leveraging an open-source cloud native database – reducing licensing costs and perhaps improving application response times.

One of those hyperscalers that have partnered with VMware is Google. Google recently acquired a company called CloudSimple and revamped their solution into a Google led solution called Google Cloud VMware Engine (GCVE).

OK. So, what exactly does this look like and how does this allow my business to innovate? Well, let’s take a closer look.

Fastest Path to Application Modernization (Lift - Shift - Modernize)

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GCVE helps customers accelerate cloud migration by instantiating a “landing zone” – or multiple landing zones. The term landing zone refers to an environment that’s been provisioned and prepared to host workloads in a cloud environment. GCVE lays the foundation for your landing zone(s) and allows you to start migrating workloads from your on-premises data centers, while consuming native Google services. There are several use cases we see customers hoping to achieve with GCVE:

  1. Extend | Migrate
    • Global Expansion
    • Burst on Demand
    • Data Center Consolidation
    • Infrastructure Refresh
    • Data Center Evacuation
  2. Disaster recovery
    • Business Continuity
    • Disaster Avoidance
    • Backups/Archive
  3. Virtual Desktops
    • Remote Workforce
    • Test/Dev
    • Closer Proximity to Applications
  4. App Modernization
    • Digital & Cultural Business Transformation
    • Cloud Native Services
    • DevOps

Final Thoughts

The Summer Olympics occur once every 4 years (pandemics notwithstanding). During the time between games elite athletes look to achieve competitive advantages through innovation. Those who don’t innovate will surely be left behind. Whether that’s on the track, in the swimming pool or with business that sentiment remains the same.

Utilize IT capabilities to empower People, Process and Technology – pushing your business from an Infrastructure Provider to a Digital Enterprise. The big difference between business and the Olympics is business can’t wait every four years.

For many customers the journey to public cloud takes time. At Arctiq we can help you optimize your on-premise VMware environment as a first step. We provide a VMware vSphere Health Assessment that will discover, analyze and present recommendations against VMware best practices, coupled with our own suggestions. Included in the assessment will be guidance on next steps towards the journey to a public cloud VMware platform like GCVE.

References

Demo How to Deploy, Configure Access, & Migrate Applications to GCVE @Hands on Labs

Learn More about Google Cloud VMware Engine

Horizon on GCVE Reference Architecture Published

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