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VMblog's Expert Interviews: HyperGrid Talks VMware and Cloud Adoption, Migrations, and Complexities

 

Cloud computing platforms and applications are increasing across enterprises today, serving as the IT infrastructure driving new digital businesses.  And analysts continue to project healthy growth for cloud computing in the coming years.  But what challenges remain?  And what can the industry do to help with cloud migrations and further increase projected cloud growth?  To find out, VMblog reached out to an industry expert, Manoj Nair, Chief Product Officer at HyperGrid.    

VMblog:  While cloud adoption is on the rise, what challenges remain for the industry?  

Manoj Nair:  While we are seeing cloud adoption accelerate, I believe it is at a far slower pace than it could be. We consistently hear from businesses beginning their digital transformation that they didn't anticipate how much of a challenge cloud planning and migration would be. From a cloud planning perspective, it is important that you take stock of as much historical data on your cloud usage as you can in order to better predict your needs moving forward. This can become a very long, manual process that is difficult to make sense of without some sort of automated analysis tools in place, leading many to immediately run into a fairly significant roadblock. The next major challenge is migration. In fact, a survey of around 1600 IT professionals by Vision reported that most migrations fail to meet their goals. Most users we talk to say that migration is a painful and manual process that has a lot of potential for human error. The more you can do to automate these processes the quicker and more effective your decision-making will become.

VMblog:  Why do you think most cloud migrations fail for businesses?

Nair:  The biggest challenge we find for cloud migrations are often limited IT resources with the right skill sets being available and accurately understanding public cloud costs.  There is a lot of complexity when migrating and it is unrealistic to expect one person to know how to execute migration perfectly.  Users today need a simple way to build a cloud migration plan. Unfortunately, in many cases teams lack deep expertise in individual clouds or there simply aren't enough people to undertake the massive analysis effort needed to plan effectively. Without proper planning, your cloud migration won't be set up for success to begin with so businesses really should look at solutions that can help automate these functions.

VMblog:  What is the solution that will help decrease the complexities of cloud? 

Nair:  Many IT teams are adopting a multi-cloud strategy in order to take advantage of a right-cloud-for-the-right-application approach. I wholeheartedly agree with this approach because the alternative often results in businesses needs not being properly supported or budget being wasted. That being said, there is greater complexity and difficulty in managing hybrid environments and overall cloud costs. There's no shame in getting some help! Find a platform that can centralize control and proactively manage all private and public clouds from within a single solution, and provide accurate cost estimates based on their application requirements. While it will take budget to procure a solution, the savings and reduced stress over the long haul will far outweigh any expense incurred today.

VMblog:  Why do you think people are migrating to public clouds?

Nair:  As IT budgets continue to shrink, more and more organizations look to the cloud for relief. But comparing costs upfront is not an easy task. Organizations need a platform that can provide visibility across all workloads so that they are optimizing costs to get the best performance and price.  A few months ago, we attended VMworld and we took the opportunity to survey attendees. We found that new workloads, backup/DR, migration of existing workloads and lower costs are some additional use cases for public clouds.  Despite these findings, attendees indicated that they continue to operate on-premise infrastructure in order to maximize existing VMware investments and a lot of critical workloads are still there today. All of that being said, we believe that most businesses will end up pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy as they gain more visibility and understanding into their application requirements and different clouds' strengths and weaknesses.

VMblog:  What do you think the top priority should be for existing VMware environments?

Nair:  The top priority for existing VMware environments should be optimizing it for cost and utilization. From our conversations with customers, optimizing on-prem, private, or public cloud has been a manual process for most. Optimizing is an ongoing process and we think there should be policies and workflows that will proactively help customers prevent wastage.

VMblog:  Can you explain your partnership with VMware and what that has led to?

Nair:  Through our partnership with VMware we have announced the availability of HyperCloud in the VMware Solutions Exchange. HyperCloud uses predictive analytics and automation to help VMware customers easily optimize their existing VMware environments and VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) for footprint, cost and performance. With HyperCloud, VMware customers can evaluate how best to execute their cloud migration efforts - plan, optimize existing environment and/or migrate apps to VMC based on complete understanding of footprint and costs in each cloud. HyperCloud also delivers application services for VMware customers on-premises and in VMC - like self-service provisioning, automation workflows, and turnkey container services.

VMblog:  How does HyperCloud differ from other cloud management platforms?

Nair:  HyperCloud's differentiation lies in its ability to eliminate the manual processes that impede robust planning and decision making for adoption of various clouds. It simplifies cloud adoption using automation, orchestration and predictive analytics enabling organizations to plan, migrate, optimize, manage, and scale their cloud operations. This allows organization to streamline cloud decisions, reduce costs and enables organizations to accelerate their digital transformation strategy.  

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Published Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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