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VMware StaffNovember 2, 2021

A Showcase in Digital Innovation with Enterprise Control

If you look at business today the facts are clear: virtually every business across every industry has become, or is becoming, a digital business. App modernization initiatives are driving cloud strategies for our customers to enable digital innovation. And, with VMware, this innovation comes with enterprise control. This is the power of “AND” that is now front and center in our value to customers today and into the future. Our CEO Raghu Raghuram put it best: it’s no longer about a ‘cloud first’ approach—it’s about being ‘cloud smart’. Organizations should have the freedom to choose the ’right’ cloud, based on their strategic business goals.

Which brings us to our partnership with Microsoft. The partnership we have with Microsoft helps position us to meet our customers where they are and take them where they want to go in cloud. VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella recently had the opportunity recently to discuss industry trends and how they impact cloud adoption. They discussed our shared opportunity to help customers thrive with Microsoft and VMware Cloud offerings like Azure VMware Solution (AVS), and how leaders are navigating these shifts amidst continued uncertainty. Watch and hear what they had to say:

VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Discuss Cloud Trends
New Forrester Consulting Study Provides Insights Into Projected Value of AVS

VMware and Microsoft have collaborated to deliver Azure VMware Solution, a first party service from Microsoft that enables customers to seamlessly extend or completely migrate their existing on-premises VMware applications to Azure without the cost, effort or risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations. Azure VMware Solution is now available in 17 Azure regions globally. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Eric Lockard provided a great summary of all of the new innovations and enhancements that have been delivered in Azure VMware Solution over the course of 2021.

Recently, Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a New Technology Projected Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Azure VMware Solution. To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with this investment, Forrester interviewed four decision-makers with experience using Azure VMware Solution and aggregated the interviewees’ experiences and combined the results into a single composite organization. Overall, the study showed the composite organization had a projected return on investment (ROI) of 125% to 274%, and projected net present value (NPV) of $3.28M to $7.22M.

  • Costs avoided in personnel effort required for maintaining on-premises infrastructure: ≈$400,000
  • Cost avoided due to overprovisioning, refreshes, and decommissioned infrastructure spend: ≈$2M
  • Application downtime reclaimed: +75%

Download and read the full study here and learn more about Azure VMware Solution here.

University of Miami Gains Flexibility and DR Resiliency with Azure VMware Solution
Mari Lovo, University of Miami

Home to one of the leading oceanographic institutions in the nation, including two U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research laboratories, the University of Miami is well aware of the risks inherent to operating in a region known for hurricanes. To fortify its disaster recovery (DR) strategies, the university’s IT team turned to Microsoft Azure for a cloud-based approach to DR for key systems. As the University’s cloud strategy evolved, Azure VMware Solution was launched, and the service presented an opportunity to achieve demonstrable financial benefits for moving VMware vSphere workloads to the cloud.

“By migrating our VMware environment to Azure VMware Solution, we estimate that we are realizing six figures in hardware savings, averting more than five months of processing and supply chain delays, and gaining greater agility to support our spike in virtual desktop as a result of the ongoing pandemic,” said Mari Lovo, director of cloud infrastructure services, University of Miami. “Taking advantage of Microsoft’s Azure Hybrid Benefit allows the University of Miami to use its existing on-premises Windows Server licenses for VMs in its Azure VMware Solution environment, at no additional cost.”

Read the University of Miami case study.

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