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    March 27, 2023

    Digital Transformation Drives a New Cloud Era

    To understand the cloud computing landscape today and what true digital transformation looks like, we should first understand how we got here.

    ESD_FY23_Academy-Blog.Digital Transformation Drives a New Cloud Era.Figure 1During the early part of the last decade, we witnessed what I’ll call the VM Cloud Era. VM, of course, stands for virtual machine, technology that was widely used on-premises and a foundational technology for public cloud providers, like AWS, Google, Azure, etc. Many new organizations, like start-ups, realized they could forgo buying or operating their own hardware and just started with workloads and applications hosted on public clouds. This was a major catalyst for many of the great cloud-native companies that we rely on today, such as Twitter, Spotify and PayPal. By the end of the VM Cloud Era, very few start-ups operated their own data centers.

    ESD_FY23_Academy-Blog.Digital Transformation Drives a New Cloud Era.Figure 2During the latter part of the last decade, the Infrastructure Cloud Era began, which is when public cloud providers saw a large increase in organizations using a vast array of infrastructure services – not just servers, but storage, databases, containers, etc. This broadened adoption saved time and costs because cloud providers could easily scale up and down quickly as peaks and valleys occurred. Faster product development was made possible because companies did not need long-term infrastructure planning for new compute requirements, some of which may lay idle for long periods. Often, security was better too.

    By reducing the on-premises hardware management load on IT staff, organizations could direct people and resources to focus on more strategic initiatives. In the Infrastructure Cloud Era, many companies that ignored the availability of broad cloud services trailed behind with time-to-market and cost savings from their cloud-adopting competitors.

    Although the return on investment of these early cloud eras was important, it did not provide a compelling or disruptive result. Nor did this period of migrations fundamentally change how people worked outside of IT. This is because digital transformation is more than simply shifting workloads and infrastructure needs to the cloud for convenience or cost-savings.

    ESD_FY23_Academy-Blog.Digital Transformation Drives a New Cloud Era.Figure 3This brings us to the post-pandemic period that I call the Transformation Cloud Era, where IT organizations are not just making infrastructure decisions, but teaming with the business or public agency on transforming employee, customer and constituent service delivery. Digitalization is now fundamental. This era is about spreading transformation across an organization’s service delivery chain.

    ESD_FY23_Academy-Blog.Digital Transformation Drives a New Cloud Era.Figure 4To take advantage of this new era, data centers will be hybrid and multi cloud – culminating in a best-of-breed on-premises, single tenant setup along with multiple public cloud, multi-tenant deployments.

    To facilitate constant innovation and progress, today's most innovative organizations are building their Transformation Cloud strategy. A Transformation Cloud is a new approach to digital transformation. The result is an organization that benefits from modern cloud computing to drive innovation, generate new revenue streams, and adapt quickly to market changes and customer needs.

    Organizations have to be open to embrace the change brought as new eras evolve. Any journey is best done with an experienced, reliable and like-minded partner.

    DX Unified Infrastructure Management (DX UIM) is such a partner that has stood the test of time over the last two decades. DX UIM provides a single pane of glass for monitoring across the infrastructure stack – traditional and hyperconverged on-premises (private cloud) as well as multiple public cloud environments. It provides a complete solution for performance monitoring and alarm management.

    DX UIM by Broadcom delivers the digital infrastructure observability needs of global enterprises, government agencies and managed service providers in terms of security, scalability and reliability for the new Transformation Cloud Era.

    Ashish Aggarwal

    Ashish is an accomplished, customer-focused product manager with 15 years of experience envisioning and delivering market-leading enterprise grade products. Ashish currently heads the product management for DX UIM offering full stack Infrastructure Observability at Broadcom.

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