Virtualisation to the Cloud Increases Business Agility


Investing in a cloud platform for your organisation is the catalyst your business needs to drive agility, flexibility and ultimately, increased performance.

Here is how virtualisation investments, and particularly hybrid cloud deployments, can make a difference to your organisation.

Business agility is defined as the ability of a business to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently in response to changes in the business environment.

The impact of cloud solutions on business agility has not been the easiest to measure in the first stages of its adoption, as this article published in Forbes debated.

However, business agility has transformed to incorporate more profitability for the organisation, faster time to market, the ability to enter new markets, the reduction in operational costs and complexity.

In a 2015 Harvard Business Review in association with Verizon study on more than 500 mid-sized and large organisations, 32% of respondents agreed that business agility is their primary reason for cloud computing adoption, followed by innovation and lower costs (each at 14%), and scalability (13%).

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Virtualisation is a proven software technology that makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and applications on the same server at the same time. Computer hardware was traditionally designed to run a single application on a single operating system, which leaves most computers vastly underutilised.  Virtualisation is a proven software technology that makes it possible for you to run multiple operating systems and application on the same server at the same time with each virtual machine sharing the resources of one physical computer.  Because each virtual machine is isolated from other virtualised machines, if one crashes, it doesn’t affect the others.


Furthermore, around the same time, an IDC research backed by WMWare technologies took a deeper look at how virtualisation investments can lead to greater agility.

The study looked at how various organisations with different levels of virtualisation fared in asset period, with data showing a clear pattern: the greater investment in virtualisation, the greater the agility.

Improvements mentioned in the research included better resource management, cost reduction, agility and flexibility, as well as the positive impact on application deployment.

For example, the organisations who had 60% of their servers virtualised reported substantial time savings with infrastructure deployment (70%), as opposed to only 40% for those with a lower adoption rate (30%).

Hybrid cloud deployments remain the preferred solution to achieve business targets (57%) and to drive future revenue (54%).

Overall, 70% of organisations agreed that hybrid cloud adoption is essential for future growth, while  64% of decision-makers identified their cloud strategy as hybrid, a mix of dedicated resources and public cloud services.

The research concluded that virtualisation is a key enabler for cloud adoption, encouraging companies to further evolve in the cloud, with the hybrid cloud model delivering the most potential in driving competitiveness, flexibility, and agility.

Does your IT infrastructure provide the scalability and performance your business requires?

VMware’s cloud technologies assist organisations to fully and securely leverage VMware hybrid clouds and native public clouds for increased agility, accelerated innovation and optimised costs.

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