Today, we are living in a world that is undergoing digital transformation. With digital transformation being the talk of town, there has also been talks about cloud adoption and migration to the cloud.
The main question that most Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and IT leaders are asking themselves is how to connect digital transformation with cloud adoption. VMware, an American cloud computing and virtualization technology company, works to connect the two and act like a glue that holds the multi-cloud strategy together.
Speaking at the iColo data centre during a dinner event, Sumeeth Singh, the Cloud Provider manager for VMware in sub-Saharan Africa talked about the journey the cloud computing company has had over the years. VMware has been inspired by the goal to create a framework where companies could run several workloads on a single infrastructure.
This is what digital transformation needs to be fully realized.
Take the VMware trust cloud services for instance. This is a framework that manages and simplifies the management of the multicloud challenge. Sumeeth talks about the partnerships VMware has had over the years as they have all been geared towards offering cloud services to hyperscale tech companies. Companies which process a lot of data on a daily basis.
“We have key partnerships with lots of hyper-scalers that have partnered with us because of the recognition that VMware is a dominant player in the market as we have offered them our cloud services in their hyperscale clouds,” Sumeeth noted.
“You can now place VMware workloads in an azure hyperscale, AWS, Google cloud, etc.” he added, “We also have a dominant play in the private cloud space and in my keen focus, the sovereign cloud where VMware cloud providers provide a platform that speaks to the data sovereignty requirement of Kenya, East Africa, and all the regions that we transact in.”
Consumer Driven Digital Transformation
The world is changing as a result of digital transformation and companies need to embrace this change. There is a culture where consumers need access to everything on demand as they want it, where they want it, and when they want it.
“When we were younger we were being told not to meet someone from the internet or get into a strangers car but today we are going to a tinder date by using an uber,” Sumeeth joked as he was talking about the change we are in today.
“This change and demand from consumers is driving a need for us as CIOs to start delivering on the consumers’ need. Our consumers are driving a digital transformation strategy,” he said.
“Every company I have had interactions with is, at some level, on a drive to becoming a digitally transformed organization,” he further said.
This is all very necessary because it has become difficult to come up with innovative solutions in a world where everyone is on a digital transformation journey. When you integrate cloud adoption, it gives you the differentiation to your competitors.
Digital transformation comes with its own complexities. It’s no longer a matter of owning assets but rather a matter of access to assets.
We need to move to a consumption oriented model.