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Cloud and technologies to underpin Malaysia’s continued growth

According to Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer (COO) of products and services at VMware, “Hybrid cloud is giving every organisation the power to drive their businesses today, and the freedom to access incredible innovation for the future.”

His words are reflected by the increasing number of organisations and businesses that want to unlock this aforementioned “incredible innovation” that is laying dormant in vast heterogenous IT environments, around the globe.

Today, a majority of organisations struggle with migrating and modernising their apps across different clouds, data centres, and edge locations. Digitally savvy consumers are also demanding for innovative products and services, resulting in an increasingly app-driven economy.

In response, organisations are turning to hybrid and multi-cloud environments to run, manage and move their workloads seamlessly across platforms. As a result, container adoption has been on the rise due to speed and ease at which containerised applications can be moved and maintained across on-premises, public cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

To thrive in this new reality, businesses are seeking a partner to meet them where they are today and guide them as they move towards a cloud-native future.

This is where VMware comes in to empower organisations with its hybrid cloud innovations and Tanzu portfolio, helping them to build, run, manage, connect and protect workloads to deliver any application on any device and on any cloud.

Tanzu’s agnostic nature enables consistent tooling across multiple clouds, multiple teams and multiple clusters.

Raghu emphasises, “We’re positioned to help customers succeed along each step of their journey— our hybrid cloud and Tanzu portfolios are resonating strongly with customers, further accelerating our leadership to deliver unparalleled levels of innovation to help businesses succeed.”

Unlocking innovation with hybrid cloud as a platform

VMware’s industry leading partnerships with major cloud players such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud gives organisations the flexibility and choice to build on public-private hybrid cloud platforms that deliver consistent infrastructure and simplified operations from the data center to the cloud, enabling them scale on demand and deliver on next-generation application strategies.

Of the over 70 million workloads running on VMware, 10 million are in the cloud. These are running in more than 10,000 data centres run by VMware Cloud providers.

One very good example of what this means is the collaboration between VMware and AWS.

Ease and speed of migration and management

VMware Cloud on AWS is a jointly engineered service that brings VMware’s software defined data centre (SDDC) capabilities to AWS. This means optimised access to AWS service, one of them being ultra-fast cloud migration to the cloud.

This is able to happen thanks to VMware HCX, an application mobility platform, and vMotion running on top of an infrastructure layer that is consistent and uniform. This infrastructure layer; VMware Cloud Foundation; is built with NSX, vSphere and vSAN as important building blocks.

Besides push-button migration, interconnectivity between VMware Cloud and AWS software-defined data centres in different regions is supported. This together with new Elastic vSAN support means enhanced storage scaling which leads to customers being able to extend capabilities of applications once they are migrated.

According to Mark Lohmeyer, senior VP and general manager of VMware’s cloud platform business unit, their customers across every vertical industry around the world are deriving value when they migrate to VMware Cloud on AWS.

“They are now beginning the process of modernising their applications through both native AWS services and new VMware innovations that we are jointly engineering,” he said.

A consistent platform simplifies the way customers can manage their systems and applications. They can start to leverage automation, and take advantage of simpler cost management, compliance, resource governance, security and visibility.

For example, critical operational tasks like capacity planning, performance management, troubleshooting and compliance, start to become challenging as applications move across hybrid clouds.

After the migration process, a solution like the VMware vRealize Operations 8.0 can support self-driving hybrid cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) operations, even multi-cloud monitoring.

These are powerful capabilities which allow customers to manage their cloud resources and applications with same software used to manage their data centre.

Then there is vRealize Automation 8.0 which enable IT and DevOps to support self-service deployment, and basically enhance operational agility, developer productivity via improved ease-of-use, improved user experience and multi-cloud readiness.

Strong cost savings

A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, discovered numerous benefits when organisations migrate to VMware cloud on AWS, namely savings from not having to redesign applications, reduced labour operation hours, reduced data centre operating costs, as well as hardware and software savings.

These savings are possible now because of new capabilities that a consistent hybrid cloud delivers.

CloudHealth, a multi-cloud management platform, manages cloud costs and enables governance by enforcing policy. They manage over USD8 billion of public cloud spend by over 5,000 customers.

Now, this service will be able to support hybrid cloud environments and help to eliminate wasted cloud spend as well as provide reports on actual cloud spend.

This way, CloudHealth Hybrid enables organisations to accelerate migrations and optimise cloud infrastructure for each workload. There can also be better prevention of unauthorised services and vulnerabilities via policy creation and controls.

Customers should have a clear vision of what their end state with regards to the cloud and a comprehensive strategy for digital transformation across their enterprises to make it happen.

Devan Parinpanayagam, Country Manager of VMware Malaysia

Partnering with the right vendors that facilitate that transformation, upskilling their IT workforce to meet modern IT demands like cloud and containers, intrinsic security and intelligent network and end point and device management are all essential.

VMware Malaysia’s country manager, Devan Parinpanayagam, said, “Malaysia’s focus on fostering innovation for the future represents a tremendous opportunity for ambitious organisations hungry for growth. With the country’s pivot towards Industry 4.0 and the imminent arrival of commercial 5G, digital transformation will become a critical enabler now with technology underpinning the growth of Malaysia’s future economy.

“VMware is committed to building the right digital foundations for organisations in Malaysia so they can thrive and succeed in this new digital paradigm. The full breadth and depth of VMware’s industry-leading portfolio will supercharge organisations’ multi-cloud strategies as they continue to grow with Malaysia’s continued economic success,” Devan concluded.