Scale without compromise
The pandemic has touched every area of the public sector and, within those sectors, it has challenged the way we work, the way we access our systems, as well as the processes and policies which govern them.
Organisations have struggled to maintain stability while reacting to the challenges of the last 12 months and 2020 shone a light on existing systems and processes that clearly revealed a need to accelerate our digital transformation strategies. Now is the time to reshape strategies and reprioritise investments to ensure that we build back better.
Where better to start than the data centre …
VMware has been the foundation of the traditional data centre for many years, helping organisations get the most out of their hardware by providing the leading virtualisation platform – vSphere. However, vSphere is more than just a virtual platform for your servers.
VMware’s strategy is to help make both your infrastructure and workforce ‘future ready’ by helping you abstract your infrastructure from the underlying hardware, as they have been doing for years, but to also abstract the cloud. This provides a digital foundation to make the modern data centre flexible, agile, automated and most importantly secure across on-premise and cloud platforms
With the digital foundation extended to the public cloud through VMware’s partnerships with the likes of Microsoft, AWS, IBM and Google, they offer VMware validated solutions sat in the public cloud. This allows you to quickly and seamlessly extend the data centre and move workloads from on-premise to the cloud and back without any refactoring, maintaining consistency and utilising the VMware tools you are already comfortable with.
This digital foundation is based on VMware proven technologies such as vSAN for virtual storage, which allows administrators to scale storage on demand, quickly and efficiently using policies and rules. vSAN is highly scalable and quick to deploy, which is easy to manage without sacrificing performance and NSX for virtual networking and security. NSX provides one-click provisioning to your network by running a complete L2-L7 stack in software, with automated provisioning reducing deployment from weeks to hours and helping you reduce your CAPEX and OPEX through simplified provisioning and automation. Beyond this NSX’s ‘intrinsic security’ allows you to deliver granular protection with network segmentation and micro-segmentation to the individual workload. Create context-aware security policies, lock down critical apps, create a logical DMZ in software and reduce the attack surface of any virtual environment.
These technologies are licensed separately to vSphere, but they are natively built into vSphere, meaning there is no additional software to install. By taking advantage of these technologies they will help you move the processes and policies for your storage, networking and security to the VM rather than being restricted to the hardware or appliance.