What is "Hybrid Cloud"?

Hybrid cloud is defined as the combination of private cloud, public cloud and edge environments unified with consistent infrastructure and consistent operations. All layers of the stack - compute, storage, networking - are defined in software, with integrated management, governance and security.

IT can deliver more value for the business

The hybrid cloud is unlocking massive opportunities for organizations to deliver more value for the business, and support the strategic needs of existing and new applications. While the diversity in today’s environment can be daunting, it can also deliver unprecedented opportunities.

Building a strategy for the data center, cloud, and edge that takes advantage of consistent infrastructure and operations can help organizations unlock the value of this diversity, without being impacted by the complexity and associated risk. VMware Cloud Foundation builds upon 20 years of success in the market and provides a path forward
for all businesses, no matter where they are today in their cloud journey, or where they want to go.

The hybrid cloud enables organizations to

  • Optimize infrastructure for all applications – Because a hybrid cloud is based on consistent infrastructure deployed across the data center, cloud, and edge, organizations have the freedom to match the needs of every application to the best infrastructure environment as part of a single pool of resources. IT teams can migrate applications seamlessly without the cost of refactoring applications for a new environment. And applications can take advantage of a new, modern infrastructure across these environments.
  • Operate efficiently across data center, cloud, and edge – The hybrid cloud is also driven by consistent operations across the entire environment. Organizations can deploy a single model for securing, governing, and operating the entire hybrid cloud, benefitting from the significant efficiencies of extending a single, proven model everywhere. This also allows organizations to extend existing investments in teams, processes, policies, and skills to the cloud.
  • Modernize existing infrastructure investments – Organizations that choose to upgrade to a hyperconverged infrastructure as part of a hybrid cloud strategy will see significant benefits as a result of improved operations and reduced dependence on storage and network specialists. This shift unlocks greater agility and productivity, and eliminates the operational bottlenecks of legacy infrastructure.
  • Migrate seamlessly to the cloud – Nearly every organization has a target or goal for a percentage of applications running in the cloud. But traditional approaches to app migration required significant refactoring of production applications to run in a new cloud environment. The cost and complexity of refactoring apps typically proves too significant for most organizations. Even more, the risk of rewriting a production application for an unproven environment often delays or halts migration efforts. Because hybrid cloud is based on consistent infrastructure and consistent operations, organizations can freely migrate to the cloud without the cost, complexity, or risk.
  • Rapidly deliver modern apps – The hybrid cloud is designed to be the optimal environment for all applications, from virtual machines and containers, to packaged apps and new frameworks like Kubernetes. Because of the consistency of the hybrid cloud, organizations can deploy common policies and models for deploying and operating applications regardless of where they run. In addition, applications that are migrated to the cloud benefit from access to cloud services that can be used for app modernization strategies.


VMware Solutions for hybrid cloud

VMware Cloud on AWS

A true Software-Defined Data Center available with true cloud agility and scale is provided jointly by VMware and AWS. 

VMware Cloud Foundation

A software-defined storage and network platform that helps to simplify operations, while also offering powerful new capabilities to storage and network teams to secure and accelerate infrastructure and workloads across hybrid clouds.