January 13, 2022

Azure VMware Solution makes Azure the best public cloud for VMware loads

What is certain is that the adoption of the Cloud, whether by redefining applications and services, or by migrating infrastructure to the cloud, brings many advantages for all types of organisations and, in this particular case, we would like to analyse VMware workloads.

Today, both end users and clients demand the high availability and performance that cloud-based applications can offer. This challenge is added to the increased infrastructure and security requirements. All of this tests increasingly limited budgets, faced with the need for greater investment in hardware and software, as well as IT staff.
To address the specific scenario of VMware loads, both companies (VMware and Microsoft) have worked closely together to offer Azure VMware Solution (AVS), a business service that lets clients expand smoothly or fully migrate their existing VMware applications to the Azure public cloud without the cost, effort or risk of redesigning applications or reorganising operations.

With AVS, downtime can be reduced by up to 75%

This is one of the main conclusions of the study carried out by the independent consulting firm Forrester, commissioned by Microsoft, on the Total Economic Impact resulting from the adoption of Azure VMware Solution. The study showed that with AVS, a large corporation with twelve Azure VMware solutions nodes and fifteen IT system administrators on their workforce, within three years they can achieve a projected return on investment (ROI) of 125% to 274%, a projected net present value (NPV) from $3.28M to $7.22M, savings on the staff costs necessary for maintaining the local infrastructure of around $400,000, and cost savings valued at around $2 million as they avoid excess provisioning, updating and decommissioned infrastructure expenses.

Because thanks to AVS, organisations can move and hybridisate their VMware-based OnPremise workloads to Azure VMware Solutions quickly and easily. In this way, Azure VMware Solution democratizes and speeds up the path to the cloud, allowing organisations to maintain their investments in VMware and the user experience they are used to, without needing to readjust or interrupt business critical workloads. At the same time, it takes advantage of the benefits of the cloud, such as elasticity, greater availability of workloads, savings on infrastructure costs such as the aforementioned, staff productivity savings and greater performance.

The four main advantages of Azure VMware Solution

Azure VMware Solution combines VMware's software-defined data centre software (SDDC) with Microsoft's global Azure cloud services ecosystem. In addition, Azure VMware Solution meets the performance, availability, security and regulatory compliance requirements that any organisation could demand. Briefly, the main advantages are:

  1. Having scalable, automated and fast provisioning of VMware workloads in Azure's global infrastructure.
  2. Maintaining investments in hybrid environments, as well as the expertise and tools of VMware that are already available, such as VMware vSphere, vSAN and vCenter.
  3. Modernising VMware's workloads, taking advantage of Azure's administration functionality, security and native services.
  4. Taking advantage of Azure as the best cloud for Microsoft Windows and SQL Server workloads thanks to the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Going deeper into the modernisation and use of Azure, Microsoft Azure native services enable the monitoring, management and protection of virtual machines (VM) in a hybrid environment that can easily include other Azure resources and services, both Azure VMware Solution's as well as OnPremise.

We have explained it in more detail, with typical application scenarios

Recently, at SEIDOR, we organised a comprehensive online briefing in which we detailed what Azure VMware Solution is, from a general overview to its architecture and native integration with Azure. We then presented four application scenarios (Datacenter Exit, Disaster Recovery as a Service, the migration of legacy systems and databases, and VMware Horizon-based virtual desktops) to finally address licensing and pricing modalities.

Don't miss the full session, available through this link. And if you would like more information, we are available for any clarifications needed.

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