For IT teams, supporting containers for software development and DevOps has become table stakes. As of 2019, 84% of organizations were using containers in production, a 15% increase from the year before, according to research by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Kubernetes is the orchestration platform of choice, used by 78% of respondents. Those numbers are bound to grow in 2020, as more organizations embrace agile and collaborative development platforms in response to COVID-19.
For IT, providing the right infrastructure platform is essential. You never want to tell developers or line-of-business managers you can’t deliver the solutions they need or refer them to a public-cloud-only solution. The risks are too profound and real: Potential cost overruns, security gaps, new information silos and out-of-control shadow IT initiatives that fail to meet corporate governance, compliance and data protection requirements.
Instead, you want to deliver what they need, when they need it and make it as simple as possible for them to access it, with self-service capabilities, scalable infrastructure, easy management and intrinsic security. With solutions from Dell Technologies and VMware, IT has more flexibility than ever before – finally able to deliver a single architecture that supports VMs side by side with containers and Kubernetes orchestration.
From IT’s perspective, there are huge benefits in deploying a single platform that manages both VM and container workloads, particularly through the partnership of Dell and VMware. With this ”VMware your way” model, IT can:
- Use the same tools for both VM and containerized workloads, taking advantage of Kubernetes orchestration. IT can monitor and optimize utilization and performance with processes that are proven and familiar, taking advantage of existing skill sets.
- Leverage unified, best-of-breed server, storage, network and security solutions that are perfectly suited for hosting both traditional VM workloads and modern cloud-native applications.
- Use flexible infrastructure deployment models that can be designed to fit each application and workload requirement, including hyper-converged, converged and 3-tier infrastructure.
- Modernize applications at your own pace using the methodology that is best suited to each application and business case – whether rehosting, replatforming or refactoring.
- Empower developers with a cloud operating model everywhere, giving them self-service capabilities and elastic scalability to specify, deploy and utilize the infrastructure they need whether in the data center, in the cloud or at the edge.
- Reduce risk by managing VMs and containers centrally, thus unifying IT control over critical areas such as security, compliance, governance, performance, availability and business continuity.
Success Stories in Application Modernization
The ability to use a single platform for side-by-side development of VMs and containers is relatively new, allowing customers to take advantage of the tight collaboration between VMware and Dell Technologies. Customers that have already adopted this model are already seeing huge benefits:
- A large power company has leveraged VMware Tanzu and Dell Technologies to deploy a Kubernetes development platform with Tanzu Architecture for VxRail. One year after a non-disruptive migration, the company achieved cost savings of 94% and cut its application development cycle time by at least 75%.
- Atea, an IT infrastructure provider in the Nordics and Baltics, had been experiencing demand from customers to deliver cloud-native software capabilities. With VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu on VxRail, Atea customers can now deploy containerized workloads across private and public clouds with streamlined delivery, simple scalability and built-in security.
Taking the Next Step
If you’re in IT, you don’t have any choice but to support containers with Kubernetes orchestration, the industry standard. Most new applications are being built using container architectures, and many legacy apps will require modernization with cloud-native capabilities.
Are you ready to take the next step? Please visit Dell Technologies to learn more about how your organization can take advantage of a single architecture and infrastructure platform for VMs and containers.